Child Support Office

Find child support offices, agency, enforcement, or division of child supportive services. Child support offices provide information on child support and custody laws, attorneys and lawyers, child support payments, collections, filings, and applications.



What is a Child Support Office?

A child support office is a government office that provides child support services to residents. A primary duty of child support offices is to help ensure the proper execution of any court orders regarding child support. These orders include financial aid and health insurance. The office also provide parents and guardians with information regarding child support and custody laws.

Most of these offices require eligible residents to complete applications or official filings to begin working with the agency. However, custodial parents who receive certain other government services like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) may automatically receive access to child support services.

Most child support offices help connect non-custodial parents with other services that may be of benefit. These may include referrals to employment training or assistance programs, as well as other financial support services. They also provide access to reviews of child support accounts.

Child Support Offices serve residents by

  1. Collecting payments. Child support offices receive child support payments based on the requirements of a court order. This process includes receiving regular payments, as well as collections of past-due payments.
  2. Modifying and enforcing support payments. An agency can help establish orders for child support and health insurance as required. The office is also responsible for making appropriate modifications, such as changing the amount due and the enforcement of payment requirements.
  3. Modifying and enforcing orders for health coverage. Divisions of child support services also modify and execute orders for maintaining acceptable health care coverage for children as required by court orders.
  4. Establishing legal paternity. In cases where parents of a child are not married, an office can assist in establishing legal paternity.
  5. Locating parents. Child support offices also assist in locating non-custodial parents, especially when required for the enforcement of current court orders. The office can provide assistance regardless of whether the non-custodial parent resides in that state.

Are there different types of Child Support Offices?

The offices are regulated according to federal requirements, so most of the offered services are standardized.