The Indiana Child Support Bureau assists state residents with the following services, according to its website: non-custodial parent location, paternity establishment, initiation and enforcement of child support orders, and establishment of medical support orders. The bureau also assists with interstate cases under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.
The Indiana Child Support Bureau does not offer child visitation, child custody or divorce services, which must be handled by a court. The bureau provides assistance to parents in obtaining an order for child support when a court order does not already exist. To apply for services, parents should contact the Child Support Bureau office in their county by using the list of local offices available on the Indiana Department of Child Services website.
The Indiana Child Support Bureau enforces child support orders by administering the Income Withholding program. It automatically withholds required child support payments from the non-custodial parent's income and sends them to Ohio Child Support Payment Central, which disburses the funds to the custodial parent. Income withholding is required by state and federal law unless a court approves an alternative arrangement. This method ensures that the non-custodial parent makes timely payments and that the bureau has an accurate payment history.