How to get help collecting child support
A child support order legally requires a parent to help pay to raise a child. Your state or tribe can help you get, change, or enforce one, regardless of where the parent lives.
The government does not pay child support
Federal and state governments do not pay child support. But they provide the help you may need to collect it from a parent.
How to establish a child support order
A court ruling or other legal procedure can establish a child support order.
Find your state or tribal child support agency and contact them for help getting the order. Start with them regardless of where the parent lives.
- Finding the parent
- Establishing parentage
- Enforcing the order
- Reviewing and changing the order
Who to contact for help collecting child support within the U.S.
Find your state or tribal child support agency and contact them for help collecting child support payments.
If the parent lives in another state, you can contact the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) for more help.
Find help collecting child support from a parent outside the U.S.
Find your state or tribal child support agency and contact them. They can tell you your options depending on where you and the other parent live. You can also contact the OCSE for additional help with your international child support case.
LAST UPDATED: July 27, 2023