Costs and Fees

Custodial parties who have open enforcement cases and who do not receive TEA or Medicaid, or whose child does not receive ARKids 1st, are responsible for the cost of legal services. OCSE will withhold up to 13% of each child support payment until the legal costs are paid in full. Legal costs are outlined below.

OCSE attorneys do not represent either party, but rather the State’s interest in seeing that the children have the support to which they are entitled. You are not required to hire a private attorney but you may choose to do so. OCSE will work together with your attorney, unless you instruct us to close your child support case.

You or your attorney must contact us before taking any action that may affect your child support. You or your attorney must give us copies of any documents or court orders that affect your child support. 

Application Fee - $25
The person applying for child support services will pay an application fee. This fee is nonrefundable and nonreimbursable. A separate application and $25 fee is required for each noncustodial parent. 

Base Cost – 13% up to a maximum of $18 
Includes overhead costs and activities other than legal services. The base cost is charged for any month that OCSE receives a child support payment on your account.

Initiation of Court Action - $80
Assessed when a complaint, motion or petition with summons, order or citation, affidavit and arrest warrant or notice/order of hearing is prepared and forwarded to the clerk for processing in all cases (child support, paternity, interstate, criminal nonsupport, and contempt).

Out-of-Court Settlement - $100
Assessed when the initiated court action is resolved prior to court appearance in all cases.

In-Court Settlement - $150
Assessed when the initiated court action is resolved at the court appearance without trial.

Trial - $250
Assessed when the initiated court action is resolved by the court after a hearing is held.

Actual Costs
Actual costs will be assessed, based on actual costs incurred by the agency for monies expended for transcripts of trials or depositions, service of process fees, HLA chemical tests, DNA genetic tests, filing fees, and all other court costs.

Financial Institution Levy fee - $35
This fee will be charged for each levy which results in a monetary recovery from a participating financial institution or a levy against an insurance claim.

Federal Offset Fee - $25
This fee will be charged for federal offsets each year there is an assessment.