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.
The U.S. government has arrangements with these countries to provide child support services.
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?
Top International Case Resources
Use our online webform to ask a question
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