Health & Human Services - Economic Assistance

Child Support

Every child needs financial and emotional support and every child has the right to support from both parents. Minnesota's child support program benefits children by enforcing parental responsibility for their support.

Either parent of a child may apply for or get certain support services from the Child Support Unit. Depending on the circumstances associated with the case, threre may be fees assessed for collection unless the applicant receives public assistance (Minnesota Family Investment Program, Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare, or Childcare Assistance.)

Services available:

*Locating parents
*Establishing parentage
*Establishing and enforcing court orders for basic support, medical support, and child care support
*Adjusting court orders based on the cost-of-living index
*Working with other states to enforce support when one parent does not live in Minnesota
*Collecting and processing payments
*Enforcement remedies
*Closing cases

Services NOT available - You may wish to consult an attorney for assistance as we CANNOT help with:

*Legal separation and divorce
*Custody and parenting time
*We cannot answer legal questions about custody and parenting time
*Spousal maintenance (alimony) establishment
*Collection of unpaid bills, property settlements, or other debts not related to support obligations
*Legal advice or counsel

Child support agencies and county attorneys do not represent either parent in child support court actions. Rather, they represent the best interests of the child according to the requirements of child support statutes and guidelines. In Minnesota, parents can also use an expedited process to resolve child support matters where they can represent themselves. More information is available at the Minnesota Judicial Branch, Self Help Center.

Minnesota Department of Human Services - Child Support onLine

Human Services Interactive Voice Response case and payment information:

*(651)215-5630 (Twin Cities area)
*1-800-657-3512 (outside Twin Cities calling area)
*TTY/TDD users, call the Minnesota Relay Service: 1-800-627-3529