CHILD SUPPORT IN CONNECTICUT

 

TO OPEN A CASE:

  1. Call the local DSS Bureau of Child Support Enforcement office, or
  2. File directly with the Superior Court.  People with private attorneys would likely file directly with the court. (Filing directly with a court will cost a lot more than filing with DSS.)
  3. FOR INFORMATION ABOUT A PAYMENT:

    Child Support Information Line (Voice Activated Response System) -

    1-888-233-7223. 

     

    TO MODIFY AN ORDER:

    1. If case was originally filed through DSS, call the Judicial Branch's Support Enforcement Services Child Support Call Center - 1-800-228-KIDS (5437)
    2. If the case was originally filed directly at the court, call the Superior Court where the case was filed.
    3.  HELP WITH ENFORCEMENT:

      1. If case was originally filed through DSS, call Support Enforcement Services Child Support Call Center - 1-800-228-KIDS (5437)
      2. If the case was originally filed directly at the court, call the Superior Court where the case was filed.
      3. FEES: Opening a case with the Department of Social Services: No fee for recipients of public assistance; If individual does not receive assistance there may be a small fee based on income.

        Opening a case directly with the Superior Court: Fees will be higher, especially if the parent uses an attorney to file the case.

        APPLICATION:
        To apply for child support services through DSS/BCSE office, call your local DSS office: http://www.ct.gov/dss/cwp/view.asp?a=2353&q=305184

        To file a child support motion directly with your Superior Court, contact your attorney, or call the court serving your town: http://www.jud.ct.gov/childsupport/directory.htm

        For general information or to find out about status of a payment, call the Automated Phone line (888-233-7223).

        ELIGIBILITY: Child support services are available to custodial as well as non-custodial parents.

        TO MODIFY A CHILD SUPPORT ORDER:
        To modify a child support order, the parent can do one of three things:
        1) Hire an attorney to file the motion. Parent pays for the attorney, for the filing fees, and for a marshall to serve the other parent.
        2) File a pro-se motion (file the papers without the help of an attorney). Parent pays for the filing fees and for a marshall to serve the other parent.
        3) IF THE PARENT IS GETTING ENFORCEMENT SERVICES THROUGH THE STATE, he/she can ask the Judicial Branch's Support Enforcement Services to file the motion for them. This process takes longer than the first two routes, but there is no charge to the parent. The number for Support Enforcement Services at the Judicial Branch is (800)228-5437.

        JUDICIAL BRANCH - CHILD SUPPORT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
        English:
        http://www.jud.ct.gov/childsupport/faq_eng.htm
        Spanish: http://www.jud.ct.gov/childsupport/faq_sp.htm

        CONNECTICUT CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENT RESOURCE CENTER: https://ct.smartchildsupport.com/home.aspx
        Connecticut's centralized payment processing center offers web based payment information, a list of frequently asked questions about child support payments, and a tool for making on-line child support payments.

        THE Connecticut Attorney General's Office has a document called "The Law in Plain Language: Child Support" that explains Connecticut's child support enforcement law. http://www.ct.gov/ag/cwp/view.asp?A=2132&Q=294582.

        THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES posts an online resource called "Handbook on Child Support Enforcement": http://publications.usa.gov/epublications/childenf/enforce.htm.  This handbook discusses how to apply for child support enforcement services, establishing paternity, locating non-custodial parents, establishing and enforcing a child support order, working across state lines, and lists Child Support Enforcement offices in each state.

        TO FIND CHILD SUPPORT ASSISTANCE IN CONNECTICUT'S COMMUNITY SERVICES DATABASE:
        Search with service name  Child Support Assistance/Enforcement

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        CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: April2013

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