Division of child support enforcement

The Division of child support enforcement looks after the financial and medical support for children. It enforces and collects financial support owed by obligated parents. Child support payments are collected for the families that receive public assistance and for those who do not get assistance. The staff of child support enforcement division does the following work.

  1. Locates absent parents
  2. Identifies assets
  3. Establishes paternity
  4. Ensures obligated parents maintain medical health insurance coverage for their dependent child

The division has six bureaus like budget, field services, administrative services, legal services, training and system policy and the office of the administrative law judge.

Budget office:

The responsibilities of Budget office include the overall management of division budget and board authority and the responsibility in proposing. They also implement fiscal and management policies that impact administration and programmes involved in all division bureaus. This office is the coordinator of the executives planning process. The bureau oversees the account payable function for the division.

The field service bureau:

This bureau locates obligated parents, establish paternity for out of wedlock children. It establishes, modifies and enforces financial and medical support obligations. It ensures that the division casework activities comply with federal regulations and performance standards.

Administrative service bureau:

This acts as the state disbursement unit for child support payments. The child support payments are received and processed. This bureau sees electronic funds transfer, direct deposits, warrants, debit card disbursements and financial interfaces between the other agencies.

Legal service bureau:

This represents the program in administrative and judicial matters, provides legal advice to program employees in their daily enforcement work. They prepare legal opinions and reviews program policies to ensure compliance with the state federal regulations.

System policy and training bureau:

It develops implements and monitors program, administrative, audit and training operations. All this is done to ensure coordinated effective child support enforcement program. It includes designing, evaluating and monitoring program compliance with statutory and regulatory provisions. They also develop policies and procedures and provide program support to the division.

Office of the administrative law judge:

This office adjudicates contested child support cases. It issues and compels obedience to division orders and subpoenas. It also maintains the divisionís paternity and lien registries and functions as the contested case record keeper of the division.

The child support enforcement division is a part of the department of health and human services. It tries to pursue and ultimately achieve financial and medical support of children by establishing, enforcing and increasing public awareness of parental obligation.