Child Support

Child Support Enforcement and Collections

Every child needs financial and emotional support, and every child has the right to support from both parents. Minnesota’s child support program benefits children by enforcing parental responsibility for their support.

The Child Support Enforcement and Collections unit works with parents to establish and enforce support orders.  Child support offices and county attorneys do not represent either parent in child support court actions.  Instead, they represent the best interest of the child according to the requirements of child support statutes and guideline.  In Minnesota, parents can also use an expedited process to resolve child support matters where they can represent themselves.

Our Services include:

1. Enforcement of your order - Collection and distributing payments
2. Locating absent parents
3. Establishment of Paternity
4. Establishment of court orders for child support
5. Review and modification of orders
Services we cannot provide:
1. Assistance in getting or changing visitation or custody
2. Collection of non-child support debts
3. Establishment or modification of spousal maintenance (alimony) orders
4. We cannot provide legal advice.
5. Assistance in obtaining a divorce.
If you need help with any of these issues you may want to contact a private attorney.
Please read the Understanding Child Support handbook to learn more about the program.
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