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Failure to comply with a court order for support could result in a motion for contempt being filed with possibilities of financial penalties and/or incarceration. You can apply for the public defender by filling out a financial disclosure form in the Juvenile Clerk's Office. Anyone applying for public defender appointment may be required to pay a $25 indigent application fee. This fee is non-refundable and is paid to the court.
Visit our Court Rules and Forms page to obtain the application online.
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You should first contact the child support enforcement agency in the county in which the order was issued. You may be able to address the issue through the administrative process and avoid the costs associated with court proceedings. Court orders may be changed by the issuance of another order or decision, which will be considered in a hearing in response to a motion.
The child support order will continue until the court terminates it. A motion and court hearing are usually required.