Child Support

The information contained on this web page is provided as a courtesy to members of the public, and shall not be construed as legal advice. If you have questions, contact the Wisconsin Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Service at 800-362-9082 for additional assistance.

The court shall order either or both parties to support a child who is:

  • Under the age of 18, or
  • Age 18, but less than 19 and pursuing an accredited course of instruction leading to a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Payments for child support are generally intended to include basic support costs including food, shelter, clothing, transportation, personal care, and incidental recreational costs. Under certain circumstances, parents may also be required to pay variable costs (reasonable expenses above basis support costs) in addition to child support, including child care, tuition, a child's special needs, or other activities that involve substantial cost.

Child support is calculated based upon the percentage standard guidelines established by the State of Wisconsin Children and Families' (DCF) Chapter 150. Not every situation is the same, so the approach that applies to a specific situation may be somewhat different from the guidelines. The court may order an alternative that is greater or less than the guidelines if the use of the guidelines is unfair to one of the parents or children based upon the circumstances, including, but not limited, to shared-placement, split-placement, low-income, high-income, or serial family payer circumstances.

The Wisconsin Child Support Program helps parents get court orders for financial and medical support for their children. It also enforces these support orders when needed, and makes sure that money collected is paid out correctly. Contact the Oconto County Child Support Agency at 920-834-6862 for assistance.

The Clerk of Courts and Family Court staff cannot assist with your child support questions. The Oconto County Clerk of Courts cannot accept child support payments or provide payment account information.

Any questions about your child support case must be directed to the Oconto County Child Support Agency at 920-834-6862.

The Child Support Online Services website and app provide information about your case 24/7/365; You can check your balances, view payments, select options to make online payments, and much more.

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