Legal Information: North Dakota


December 17, 2015

Can I get financial support for my children and myself?

Possibly, depending on the circumstances. For yourself, if you are in the process of a divorce, you can ask the judge to grant you spousal support, which can be ordered for as long the judge thinks is reasonable.*  For more information about divorce, see our Divorce page.

For your children, the judge can order temporary support while your custody case is going on** and can also award child support as part of the court order for custody.  If you have no custody case going on, you can still file a case asking a judge to order child support.  Even without a court order, both parents have a legal responsibility to give their children support and education.***

When deciding how much child support to award, the judge starts with what is called a guideline amount.  This is an amount the judge gets off of a chart that sets how much a parent has to pay based on that parent's income and how many children the parent has to support.  To see this chart, click here.  The judge assumes that this is the right amount but each parent can argue that the amount should be more or less and the judge will decide.

To get a rough idea of how much child support you may receive go to's N.D. child support calculator.  

* N.D.C.C. §14-05-24.1

** N.D.C.C. § 14-05-23

*** N.D.C.C. § 14-09-08