The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) works with states, tribes, local offices, employers, nonprofit groups, other federal offices, and other governments to secure financial support for children.
The role of OCSE is to:
States have varying guidelines on some aspects of child support, but federal law outlines certain standards for all states, like mandatory medical support for children and income withholding for noncustodial parents.
OCSE does not have direct access to case information and it does not collect payments directly from parents.
To find out if a tribe in your area has a tribal child support program, visit our contact map that lists all tribal child support programs by state.
Contact your child support office for payment information. They can provide you with information about:
Some state websites allow you to access your payment information online; the federal website does not.
Each state has a formal complaint process to address customer service issues. Ask your state child support agency for help. Take a look at our state child support contact map for contact information. The state child support website can provide additional information about its specific process for filing a complaint. Some states have complaint forms available online.