Child Support Amounts and Resources

Updated March 2017   Fact Sheet PDF

Help Is Provided

The Arkansas Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) may be able to help you with the following:

  • establishing who the father of a child is (paternity)
  • locating the noncustodial parent
  • getting a child support order or changing an order
  • getting medical insurance coverage for a child
  • determining the amount of past due support
  • collecting child support payments
  • collecting spousal support payments when spousal support is part of a child support order


Some Help Is Not Provided

Legal Advice

The OCSE attorneys may work on a case and represent the case in court; however, the OCSE does not represent the custodial or the noncustodial parent individually in the case. The OCSE represents the interest of the State of Arkansas in seeing children financially provided for. The OCSE will manage a case assigned to them based on OSCE policy and federal and state laws and regulations.


Spousal Support

Spousal support is not enforced unless it was part of the original child support order and child support is currently being collected.


Visitation and Legal Custody

The OCSE cannot advise or help with visitation or custody matters.


Help with Locating a Missing Person

The OCSE can only provide locating services for cases it manages or under certain special circumstances.


Attorneys for Questions Related to Child Support

Attorneys at the OCSE act on the behalf of the state of Arkansas. They do not represent either of the parents or provide people with legal advice. Applications are available at your local OCSE office, or you may call (501) 682-8398 to request that an application be sent to you. More information can be found at


Child Support Amounts

The amount of child support will usually be based on the Arkansas Family Support Guidelines and the noncustodial parent's ability to pay these amounts. The chart below is based on “net income” of the other parent.


Table 1. Weekly child support amounts as of January 31, 2017


Weekly Child Support Amounts

Weekly Pay

 1 Child

2 Children

3 Children

4 Children

5 Children






















































































Complete charts can be found at


This fact sheet is a collaboration of the Center for Arkansas Legal Services and Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc. These nonprofit organizations provide free legal assistance to eligible Arkansans who meet income, asset, and other guidelines. Legal assistance may also include advice and counsel, brief services, or full representation depending on the situation. For more information about civil legal aid in Arkansas, please visit For information specific to Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc., visit Apply for services online or by calling 1-800-9-LAW-AID (1-800-952-9243).
The information and statements of law in this fact sheet should not be considered legal advice. This fact sheet is provided as a broad guide to help you understand how certain legal matters are handled in general. Courts may interpret the law differently. Before you take action, talk to an attorney and follow his or her advice. Always do what the court tells you to do.
Content provided by: Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc.


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