Apply for Child Support Services

You may apply for child support services if you are the parent or caregiver of a child who needs or is owed support.

If you live in another state or received child support services from another state, you may need to contact that state to find out if you have an open case. Find other child support agencies in the United States

Cash and Food Assistance Customers

If you are currently receiving or have recently applied for public assistance from the Department of Children and Families (DCF), you do not need to apply for child support services. The Child Support Program automatically receives a “request to open a case” from DCF when you apply for public assistance.

If you received any type of public assistance or child support services in the past, your case may still be open. Contact the Child Support Program if you are not sure if you still have an open child support case.

Medicaid Customers

If you are currently receiving or have recently applied for Medicaid only, and you do not receive cash or food assistance, the Child Support Program will not automatically start child support services. You will need to apply for child support services with the Department’s Child Support Program.

How to Apply for Child Support Services

To apply for services, you can apply online, visit your local child support office or call the Child Support Program and ask for an application to be mailed to you.

If you have questions or need assistance at any time during the application process, please contact the Child Support Program.

What Happens After You Apply

Once you apply for services, the Child Support Program will process your application and contact you if there is any additional information needed to open your child support case.

You will be notified by mail when your case is opened. Once your case is opened, the Child Support Program may need additional information from you to establish or enforce child support or establish paternity. When additional information is requested, it is important that you provide the information requested as soon as possible. Examples of the information that may be requested include any previous court orders you may have or the child’s birth certificate. The request for additional information will be mailed to you.

Once you have an open case, please notify the Child Support Program anytime there are changes to:

  • Your address or employment
  • The other parent's address or employment