District Court Trustee only enforces support ordered to be paid through the Kansas Payment Center and most orders authorize income withholding. Partial payments or missed paychecks can require you to make payments to the Kansas Payment Center. Payments made that do not follow the court order often require a Satisfaction of Judgment or Court Order for credit, which may require a Motion and $62 filing fee paid to the clerk. Please contact our office if you have questions about payments, including past due balance, if any. The Kansas Payment Center is a State Disbursement Unit (SDU) as required by federal law to process support payments.
For information about options to pay, including how to make a payment with cash, start at www.kspaycenter.com or call 877-572-5722. Money orders and checks mailed and made payable to the Kansas Payment Center, PO Box 758599, Topeka KS 66675-8599 must have the payor’s name and complete court order including the county identifier to ensure posting to the correct court order (example JO19C006789).
Attorney fees for court appointed counsel need to be paid in the Hearing Office (Room 335) by cash, check or money order or mailed to District Court Trustee, 100 N Kansas Ave Ste 335, Olathe KS 66061. Make sure your name and court case number are on the form of payment made payable to District Court Trustee.
Payment of other fees
District Court Trustee stopped collecting payments for Court Services programs (Parents Forever, Mediation, Conciliation, etc.) in June 2017. You may pay on-line at www.jococourts.org ($4.95 processing fee), calling 888-877-0450 choose Option 1 then Option 2, mailing check/money order or paying in person cash/check/money order/credit or debit card at Clerk Accounting, 100 N Kansas Ave, Olathe KS 66061. Call 913-715-3390 to obtain your case number if you do not know it.
My ex-spouse has stopped paying child support. Will a warrant be issued for his/her arrest?
When an individual who is court-ordered to pay child support does not comply with that court order, a citation for contempt will be issued by this office, and the obligor parent will be ordered to appear for a hearing. If that individual was personally served and they fail to appear for court, a warrant may be issued at that time.
Do I need to obtain a court order or does child support stop automatically?
For Kansas support orders, child support terminates on a child’s 18th birthday unless the child is still attending high school, in which case child support continues until June 30 of the school year the child turned 18, unless otherwise ordered by the Court. If the child has not graduated by June 30th and the support order does not specify an extension, an Order Extending Child Support must be obtained. See KSA 23-3001.
What is the difference between an "income withholding order" and a "garnishment"?
Income withholding is an ongoing order requiring an employer/payor of income to withhold and remit a periodic payment for support (typically weekly, biweekly, semimonthly or monthly). The periodic payment is capped pursuant to the Federal Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA), and further restricted by KSA 23-3104(f), at 50% of disposable income (gross income less mandatory withholdings for taxes). A garnishment, however, is a ‘one-time’ process, such as a bank account garnishment, where the order of garnishment only allows a ‘one-time’ seizure of the garnishee’s funds at a specific point in time. Subsequent garnishments require subsequent orders, unlike an income withholding order which requires the periodic withholding until further order of the court.
Can I get a payment record of what I paid in (or received) for income tax purposes?
Yes, upon request we will e-mail the payment record to the e-mail address on file.
How do I establish paternity?
A paternity order can be established by hiring a private attorney or by contacting the Kansas Child Support Services Department at 1-888-757-2445.
How long does the child support obligation continue?
About one month prior to your child's 18th birthday, a school certification form will be sent to the custodial parent. If the child is still in high school, per the Kansas statute, child support will continue until June 30 of that year. If the child is no longer attending school, child support ceases on the child's birthday, unless the parties have agreed otherwise and that agreement has been approved by the court, or unless the divorce decree or child support order was established in another state which allows child support to continue to another date, such as the child's 21st birthday. (See Emancipation section for further explanation).
How do I make an address change?
For an Obligee the change must be made in writing. You may fax, email or send us a note via US mail using this form. For an Obligor the change can be made in writing, via email or by phone.
How do I get out of the Dept. of Children & Families Child Support Program in Johnson County, KS?
You must notify DCF and their contractor YoungWilliams (YW) in writing of your request. If you are receiving cash assistance, medical coverage or daycare assistance through the State of Kansas Title IV-D program you cannot terminate child support services provided by DCF as long as you receive any of these assistance benefits. The exception is SNAP (food) assistance.
If you are not receiving any of the above benefits you can request in writing to DCF/YW that your child support enforcement case be closed. See sample letter. The written notification should be mailed, faxed, emailed or delivered to YW at the following address:
Kansas Child Support Services
c/o YoungWilliams, LLC
500 N. Rogers Road, Suite 100
Olathe, KS 66062
Email: [email protected]
You should keep a copy of the written request for your records. Upon receipt, DCF/YW should file with the court a Notice of Termination of the Assignment of Support Rights that you signed when you applied for DCF services. This document releases your case so that the Johnson County Court Trustee Office can then automatically resume monitoring your case court order for support enforcement.
If DCF/YW does not file a Termination of Assignment timely you may contact the Johnson County Court Trustee Office for assistance. A copy of your written notification to DCF should be provided to the Court Trustee Office. We can notify DCF/YW that the Notice of Termination hasn’t been filed and request they file it. If further action is needed you can file a motion before the Hearing Officer requesting the DCF services be terminated by court order.
ARREARS: Money which is overdue and unpaid. Under Kansas law, child support, once it becomes past due, is a judgment.
BI-WEEKLY: There are 26 pay periods when an individual is paid bi-weekly (compare with “semi-monthly.”) Generally, in a bi-weekly pay structure, an individual is paid every two weeks.
CASE NUMBER (or court order number): The number assigned to the case upon the filing of a petition with the Clerk of the District Court. Example: 03 CV 1234. Older case numbers may appear as: 82 C 1234. The “C” or “CV” simply means the case is civil in nature. A criminal case number would look like this: 03 CR 1234. An older criminal case might appear as 82 K 1234.
CEJ: Continuing Exclusive Jurisdiction (interstate cases only)
CINC: Child in Need of Care
CITE (or citation): To summon; to command the presence of a person; to notify a person of legal proceedings against him and require his appearance.
CONTEMPT (also known as civil contempt or indirect contempt): Willful failure to comply with an order of the court.
CSTC: Continued Subject To Call means no further hearings scheduled at this time.
DCF: Department for Children and Families
DCT: District Court Trustee
DEFENDANT: The person defending or denying; the party against whom relief or recovery is sought in an action or suit, or the accused in a criminal case.
DELINQUENT NOTICE: A notice generated by the Office of the District Court Trustee, as required by Local Rule 26, to notify an obligor that a payment has not been made within 7 days of its due date; notification to an obligor that a delinquency exists in the case.
DRA: Domestic Relations Affidavit
GARNISHMENT: As an aid to the enforcement of a judgment, an order of garnishment can be obtained and must be issued from the Clerk of the District Court from which execution is issuable, either in connection with an execution or independently as designated by the written direction of the party entitled to enforce the judgment. The written direction must designate whether the order for garnishment is to be issued for the purpose of attaching earnings or for the purpose of attaching other property of the judgment debtor. A garnishment is not the same as an income withholding order.
HO: Hearing Officer
INCOME: Any form of periodic payment to an individual, regardless of source, including, but not limited to, wages, salary, trust, royalty, commission, bonus, compensation as an independent contractor, annuity and retirement benefits, workers compensation and any other periodic payment.
INCOME WITHHOLDING ORDER: An order issued which requires a payor to withhold income to satisfy an order for support or to defray an arrearage. This is not the same as a garnishment, because an income withholding order involves periodic payments (see definition of income). State and Federal law requires income withholding in most cases. It is not a punitive measure.
IV-D (or Title IV-D): Part D of Title IV of the Federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. § 651 et seq.) as amended, to be processed by the Department of Children and Families under the state’s plan for providing IV-D services such as child support services. (See “Federal IV-D program” for additional information.)
IW: Income Withholding
IWO: Income Withholding Order
JE: Journal Entry
JJA: Juvenile Justice Authority
KPC: Kansas Payment Center
NOA: Notice of Assignment
OBLIGEE: Person or entity to whom a duty of support is owed
OBLIGOR: Person who owes a duty of support to another
PAYEE: The person to whom a bill or note or check is made payable.
PAYOR: Any person or entity owing income to an obligor or any self-employed obligor and includes, with respect to a medical child support order, the sponsor or administrator of a health benefit plan. The person by whom a bill or note has been or should have been paid; the person who is to make a payment of a check, bill or note.
PETITIONER: One who presents a petition to a court. The status of the parties (Petitioner or Respondent) always remains the same.
PLANTIFF: A person who brings an action; the party who complains or sues in a civil action and is so named on the record. The status of the parties (Plaintiff or Defendant) always remains the same.
POE: Place of Employment
PRO SE: Appearing for oneself, as in the case of one who does not retain a lawyer and appears for himself pro se.
PURGE PLAN: A written statement by the obligor, to the Court, outlining why support payments have not been made as ordered in the past, and a proposal and/or explanation as to how the support obligation will be addressed in the future. Conversely, the Court can also order it's own purge plan for the obligor to follow after a finding of contempt.
RESPONDENT: The one who answers to the petition.
SEMI-MONTHLY: There are 24 pay periods when an individual is paid semi-monthly (compare with “bi-weekly”). Semi-monthly means twice a month.
TANF: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
UIFSA: Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.
WARRANT: A written order which is made on behalf of the state and is based upon a complaint issued pursuant to statute and/or court rule and which commands a law enforcement officer to arrest a person and bring him before the court.
WC: Worker’s Compensation
The Johnson County District Court Trustee's office is responsible for enforcement of Johnson County support orders as well as any other court orders referred to us by another court. The Trustee is empowered to pursue all civil remedies in enforcing the payment of support. In addition, this office is authorized to collect court fees and restitution.
The office is located at 100 N Kansas Ave, Ste 337, Olathe, Kansas 66061. 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please contact us at phone number: (913) 715-3600, fax number: (913) 715-3700 ande email: [email protected].
There is a Self-Help Center located inside of the Courthouse to assist with filing paperwork, their phone number is (913)715-3385.
Support enforcement fees collected by the Johnson County District Court Trustee increased to 2.5% with a cap of $30.00 per month effective February 1, 2014. This new fee structure will apply to all new and existing orders for support enforced by the Court Trustee's Office. The Court Trustee may assess the increase equally between the parties. The past fee structure of 2% with a $10.00 cap had been in place for more than ten years. The current collections have been insufficient to operate the Court Trustee's office for quite some time requiring the office to meet expenses by depleting reserves accumulated over the preceding twenty years. The Court Trustee has implemented cost saving measures and increased efficiency but further reductions in reserves seriously jeopardizes the offices ability to continue serving children and families in Johnson County.
The fees charged by the Johnson County District Court Trustee continue to be some of the lowest in the State. The District Court and Court Trustee remain committed to serving the citizens of Johnson County in the most effective, efficient and cost effective manner possible.
The Johnson County District Court Trustee's office is responsible for the enforcement of more than 12,000 Johnson County support orders as well as any other court orders referred by another court and have been providing quality services to the citizens of Johnson County for over 42 years. The Trustee is empowered to pursue all civil remedies in enforcing the payment of support.