Dakota County Community Services Division
Child Support Services (CSS)
Dakota County Western Service Center
14955 Galaxie Ave, Apple Valley, MN, 55124-4519
Distance: 416 Miles
Every child needs financial support and has the right to this support from both parents. Even when parents do not live together, they need to work together to support their child. Child support is money parents pay to their child's other parent or caregiver for the support of the child. The court orders the support.
Child support services include:
* Locating parents
* Establishing parentage
* Establishing court orders for basic, medical, and child care support
* Reviewing and asking the court to modify support orders when appropriate
* Enforcing support orders
Resources for more information regarding child support services:
A person can receive child support if all of these are true:
* The person is the parent of a minor child or is the person who has court-ordered custody of a minor child
* The child lives in the person's household
* The child is financially dependent on that person
* One or both of the child's parents are absent from the home
* The court ordered a person to pay child support
Call the county child support agency to get a paper application for Full Child Support (IV-D) Services.
The application is available online at: http://mn.gov/dhs/people-we-serve/children-and-families/services/child-support/resources/forms.jsp
You do not need to apply for services if the other parent lives away from your home and you or your child receive public assistance including: Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), Medical Assistance (MA),, Diversionary Work Program (DWP), Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Title IV-E Foster Care, or Child Care Assistance. The county financial worker will automatically refer the case for full child support services.
There may be fees taken out of payments collected through the state, as required by law. For more information, visit: http://mn.gov/dhs/people-we-serve/children-and-families/services/child-support/programs-services/cost-recovery-fee.jsp and http://mn.gov/dhs/people-we-serve/children-and-families/services/child-support/programs-services/federal-annual-fee.jsp
8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday
This provider does not offer this service at other locations.
Other Services or resources
- Child and Teen Checkups
- Child Foster Care (CFC) Licensing
- Child Protective Services (CPS)
- Children's Mental Health Crisis Response Services (CRS)
- County Programs for Families
- County Veterans Service Office (CVSO)
- Family Child Care (FCC) Licensing
- Mental Health Crisis Response Services - Adult
- Public Health Clinic
- Social Security Advocacy Program
- SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR)
- WIC - Supplemental Nutrition Program
Taxonomy Terms Used: Clicking a taxonomy term from the list below launches a new search.
FT-3000.1600Child Support Assistance/Enforcement Definition
Programs that provide assistance which helps to ensure that parents fulfill their mutual obligation to financially support and provide health care for their children. Included are services for people who want to locate an absent parent; establish paternity; establish a child support order; request that the non-custodial parent provide health insurance for a child in conjunction with a child support order; change the amount of a child support award; dispute a child support award; or enforce payment of child support monies in cases where the supporting parent is delinquent in paying or refuses to pay or make health insurance arrangements altogether. Child support is money paid by one parent to another for the maintenance, including the education, of their children following the dissolution of their marriage or other relationship. Non-custodial parents enrolled in an insurance plan at work may be required to include the child under this coverage while those not covered by any insurance plan may be required to obtain medical coverage, if available at a reasonable cost. Child support assistance/enforcement may be provided by private attorneys, legal clinics, family law facilitators' offices or child support enforcement programs which are available in all states, often as a component of the district attorney's office.
LF-5350.6500Paternity/Maternity Establishment Definition
Programs that help to determine the probability of parenthood in disputes involving a claim or denial of paternity or maternity by analyzing blood and tissue samples from the assumed father or mother for compatibility with the child's blood and tissue. Included are programs that establish claims of fatherhood or motherhood in situations where immigrants are seeking family-based visas for their offspring or parents.
YK-6500.1500Custodial Parents Definition
Individuals who have care and control of one or more minor children as the result of a court ruling following a divorce, separation or other legal proceeding.