International Cases

The United States government has arrangements with other countries to provide child support services.  These international child support agreements specify procedures for establishing and enforcing child support orders across borders.

Contact your child support office to learn how international cases are handled in your state.

The U.S. government has arrangements with these countries to provide child support services.

  • Albania
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and
    Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom

International Case FAQs

Do I need to be a U.S. citizen or resident to apply for services?

No. Residency or citizenship is not required for you to apply for child support services.

How do I apply for child support services in the U.S.?

To apply for child support services in the U.S., contact your state or local child support office and ask for an application. Find your state child support agency website and contact information on the federal OCSE online interactive map.

What services can a U.S. child support agency provide?

The state child support agency may provide a range of services including:

  • locating a missing parent
  • establishing paternity
  • establishing a support order
  • collecting support
  • modifying and enforcing a support order

For information about these services, see the federal Child Support Handbook for Families.

How can I learn more about the Hague Treaty for International Child Support?

The Hague Child Support Convention, in effect in the U.S. since January 1, 2017, provides greater cooperation and streamlined case processing among participating countries. For more information, visit our International webpage.


Top International Case Resources

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U.S. Department of State information about passport denial for child support arrearages

Chapter 7 of the Child Support Handbook focusing on Interstate/ Inter-jurisdictional enforcement

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