Generally, either parent can go to court and ask for a Child Support Order to establish a set amount for Child Support. Also, a person who has custody of a child, such as a grandparent, can ask for an order. Finally, if either parent receives public assistance for the child and they are not married and living together, the local attorney’s office can request a Child Support Order.
If you are eligible for public assistance, or FITAP (Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program), your case will be automatically referred to the District Attorney's Office. Anyone who does not receive public assistance will be charged an application fee of $25.00 which is forwarded to DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services).
If a child is not receiving any cash assistance, the parents may make their own arrangements for child support. Either parent may apply for help from Child Support Enforcement. Once an acknowledgment is signed, the father may be obligated to support the child.
You need to get an official child support order from a court. Without a child support order, a paying parent will not be able to ask a court or local agency to enforce the child support obligation or collect payment.