What Services Do Child Support Offices Offer?


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Services offered at child support offices typically include establishing paternity, locating noncustodial parents, establishing and enforcing support orders, and distributing child support payments. Specific services offered can vary from state to state.

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Child support offices work to establish paternity when needed so a child has a legal father. Child support offices also try to locate noncustodial parents. Paternity can be established by a genetic test consisting of a simple blood test. Either parent can request this test, and a child support office arranges for it. The child support office can establish, support, modify and enforce child support orders for money and for medical necessities. These offices also refer parents to other programs that may be helpful to them. If necessary, the child support office can collect child support payments through wage garnishment and distribute them to the custodial parent. If a noncustodial parent cannot be found, the support office works with various state agencies such as the Department of Motor Vehicles to find him.

The Office of Child Support Enforcement, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, oversees child support offices and works with other state programs to ensure that children receive the support they need from their parents.

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