Our statutes permit the Elkhart County Prosecutor to intervene in a family law matter in order to establish paternity of a minor child, to establish or modify child support, or to enforce existing child support orders.
When the Prosecutor intervenes, the presiding Court refers issues of paternity and child support to the Title IV-D Court to be heard in front of the Title IV-D Commissioner.
Hearings are held in the Title IV-D Court on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays in both the morning and afternoon sessions. The Title IV-D Court holds evidentiary hearings (trials) on the first Friday of every month.
The IV-D Courtroom, which is located in Room 203 on the second floor of the Elkhart County Courts Building, located at 315 S. Second Street, Elkhart, IN.
IV-D cases are referred to the Title IV-D Court from the five presiding Courts in Elkhart County that hear family law cases: The Elkhart Circuit Court, and Elkhart Superior Court 3 in Goshen, and Elkhart Superior Courts 1, 2, and 6 in Elkhart. If a presiding Court has referred your case to Title IV-D Court, it means that the child support portion of your case will be heard before the Title IV-D Commissioner, and the rest of your case – examples being child custody and parenting time – would continue to be held in the presiding Court.
No. Matters of custody and parenting time may not be heard in Title IV-D Court, and may only be heard in the presiding Court.
If you are facing contempt proceedings in Title IV-D Court, and are indigent, the Court will appoint Elkhart Legal Aid Service to represent you. Under all other circumstances, the Court will not appoint an attorney for you.
Support recipients and custodial parents may apply for Title IV-D services by contacting the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office, Child Support Division. Title IV-D child support services inclue locating non-custodial parents, establishing paternity, establishing or changing child support orders, and collecting child support.
Title IV-D Court: (574) 523-2386
Title IV-D Clerk: (574) 523-2024
Elkhart Child Support Office: (574) 523-2288
Elkhart Legal Aid Service: (574) 294-2658
Elkhart County Prosecutor, Child Support Division: (574) 522-3074