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Steps to Enforce Child Support Collections

Federal, State, and local efforts to locate parents, their employers, and/or their assets; establish paternity if necessary; and establish and enforce child support orders.
Steps to establishing and enforcing child support

State and local offices provide day to day operation while the federal role is to provide funding, issue policies, ensure that federal requirements are met, and interact with other federal agencies.

How and where do I apply?

Listed below is each state's Child Support Enforcement office numbers. To get started establishing your child support collection case, just call your local office to learn how to apply for enforcement services and what documents (birth certificates, financial statements, etc.) you need to provide.
state child support office numbers

Steps to collecting child support?

Step 1: Establish Paternity

If a child was born out of wedlock, paternity must be established to make a legal determination of who fathered the child. Either parent can request a blood test in contested paternity cases. Caseworkers will help establish paternity for your child.

Step 2: Establish the Obligation

This is the amount of support to be paid by non-custodial parent as determined by state guidelines as well as smical support for your child.

Step 3: Enforcement of the Child Support Order

Child Support Enforcement (CSE) offices help with collecting the money due no matter where the non-custodial parent lives. When a parent has disappeared, it is usually possible for the CSE office to find him/her with the help of state agencies, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles, or the Federal Parent Locator Service. Your caseworker will tell you what information is needed to find an absent parent or his/her employer.

Enforcement includes intercepting Federal and State Income Tax refunds, liens on real and personal property; orders to withhold and deliver property; or seizure and sale of property.


Up State Child Support Enforcement Offices

Alabama
(205) 242-9300

Montana
(406) 444-4614

Alaska
(907) 276-3441

Nebraska
(402) 471-9125

Arizona
(602) 252-0236

Nevada
(702) 687-4744

Arkansas
(501) 682-8398

New Hampshire
(603) 271-4426

California
(916) 654-1556

New Jersey
(609) 588-2361

Colorado
(303) 866-5994

New Mexico
(505) 827-7200

Connecticut
(203) 566-3053

New York
(518) 474-9081

Delaware
(302) 577-4863

North Carolina
(919) 571-4120

DC
(202) 724-8800

North Dakota
(701) 224-3582

Florida
(904) 488-9900

Ohio
(614) 752-6561

Georgia
(404) 657-3851

Oklahoma
(405) 424-5871

Guam
(671) 475-3360

Oregon
(503) 986-2417

Hawaii
(808) 587-3700

Pennsylvania
(717) 787-3672

Idaho
(208) 334-5710

Puerto Rico
(809) 722-4731

Illinois
(217) 782-8768

Rhode Island
(401) 277-2409

Indiana
(317) 232-4894

South Carolina
(803) 737-5870

Iowa
(515) 281-5580

South Dakota
(605) 773-3641

Kansas
(913) 296-3237

Tennessee
(615) 741-1820

Kentucky
(502) 564-2285

Texas
(512) 463-2181

Louisiana
(504) 342-4780

Utah
(801) 538-4400

Maine
(207) 287-2886

Vermont
(802) 241-2319

Maryland
(410) 333-3979

Virgin Islands
(809) 774-5666

Massachusetts
(617) 727-4200

Virginia
(804) 692-2458

Michigan
(517) 373-7570

Washington
(206) 586-3162

Minnesota
(612) 296-2542

West Virginia
(304) 558-3780

Mississippi
(601) 359-4500

Wisconsin
(608) 266-9909

Missouri
(314) 751-4301

Wyoming
(307) 777-6948