Pennington County Child Support Office

Find Pennington County Minnesota 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.

Pennington County Department Of Welfare And Human Services PO Box 340 Thief River Falls MN 56701 218-683-2880

About the Pennington County Child Support Office

The Pennington County Child Support Office is part of a national system for child support enforcement in Pennington County, MN. Minnesota is required by law to operate a child support enforcement program and to establish an office or division specifically for that purpose. In most states, the Child Support Office is part of a human services or social services department or the Attorney General's Office. In a few cases, the Child Support Agency is a division within the Revenue Department.

You may contact the Child Support Office for questions about:
  • Pennington County Child Support program and services
  • Child support hearings and cases
  • Child support obligations, payments and fees
  • Child support account information
  • Paternity tests in Pennington County, MN
Pennington County Child Support Payments

The Office of Child Support Services in Pennington County is responsible for ensuring that non-custodial parents make child support payments. The Pennington County Child Support Office typically engages in all phases of the child support process, from locating non-custodial parents and establishing paternity to establishing Pennington County child support case and Pennington County Family Court orders and enforcing child support payments. In addition to child support payments, a Pennington County child support order may also address a child's health care and medical support.

Child Support Enforcement in Pennington County, MN

The Pennington County Division of Child Support has extensive authority in the enforcement of child support orders, including wage garnishment, filing liens on property in Pennington County, Minnesota, and suspending driver's licenses and professional or trade licenses. The Department of Child Support works cooperatively with the Pennington County Court System to enforce support orders. Pennington County Child Support Services also offers supportive services to help non-custodial parents in meeting their obligations through referrals to employment services or co-parenting and healthy fatherhood programs.

Federal Child Support Enforcement

The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) is housed within the Department of Health and Human Services. The OCSE is charged with the oversight of all child support programs in Pennington County, conducting reviews and audits of Minnesota State, territory, and tribal programs. Minnesota State is required to submit plans for the implementation of its support enforcement programs, which are subject to review and approval by OCSE. The OCSE also provides states and tribes with policy recommendations, training, and technical assistance. The Federal government reimburses approximately two-thirds of the MN Child Support Office costs.