Child Support Overview


Legal History

In 1975, Congress amended Title IV-D of the Social Security Act. This amendment mandated that each state establish a child and spousal support enforcement program. Federal regulations further define the specific responsibilities of the federal, state and local governments (Part 300 of 45 Code of Federal Regulations). For more information about the legal history of child support visit the US Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families at


The Department of Child Support Services provides the following services:


The Department of Child Support Services does not:

  • Enforce custody or visitation orders
  • Enforce property settlement agreements
  • Assist in obtaining a divorce
  • Obtain or enforce restraining orders
  • Establish spousal support orders


For assistance with these issues contact:

Family Law Facilitator

Family Court Services