About the Office of Child Support Enforcement

OCSE is the federal government agency that oversees the national child support program.

Under the leadership of Commissioner Scott Lekan, we help child support agencies in states and tribes develop, manage, and operate their program according to federal law using effective child support enforcement tools.

OCSE does not provide services directly to families. We partner with state, tribal and local child support agencies and others to encourage parental responsibility so that children receive financial, emotional, and medical support from both parents, even when they live in separate households.

State, tribal and local agencies

Families receive services from the local child support office in their state or tribe. Either parent may apply for services. Grandparents or other custodians may also apply.

Child support agencies provide the following services:

  • locate noncustodial parents
  • establish paternity
  • establish and enforce support orders
  • modify orders when appropriate
  • collect and pay child support payments

Contact information

Each state and tribe operates its child support program a little differently. They offer services to all who need them, regardless of income, residency, nationality, or gender.

Contact your local child support office about your case.

Find payment information.

If you have tried unsuccessfully to resolve a case problem at your local child support office, contact the federal OCSE office using this form. We will contact your child support agency to help resolve your issue.

More information:

In fiscal year 2017, preliminary data shows the national program collected $32.4 billion and served 15.1 million children and their families.

Learn more about the national child support program:

Parents and family members can also find useful resources on our Parents page.

OCSE Fact Sheet

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Want to learn more about OCSE? Check out our Fact Sheet! There, you can read about our mission, purpose, goals and more to get a better sense of how our program serves children and families.

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