The mission of the Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) is to pursue and ultimately achieve financial and medical support of children by establishing, enforcing, and increasing public awareness of parental obligations. The division is part of state government and provides federally mandated child support enforcement services. These include:
Locating absent parents;
Establishing financial and medical support orders;
Enforcing current and past-due child support;
Offering medical and spousal support; and
Modifying child support orders.
Individuals who receive public assistance under the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program are automatically referred to CSED. Support owed to the family is automatically assigned to the state as a condition of TANF. When the child support is collected, it is used to reimburse the state and federal governments for welfare benefits paid to the family. Individuals who do not receive public assistance may apply for division services. In non-TANF cases, child support collections are forwarded to the custodial party. Keep in mind that CSED is part of state government. They are not the courts. They cannot force anyone to do anything and must go to court to seek establishment and enforcement just like any other person. The benefit of CSED varies depending on circumstances but generally CSED offers a low cost/free way for financially challenged families to get some relief in court. The problem with CSED is that they are overworked, disorganized and are often deceptive in their tactics against people who owe child support.