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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

(651) 554-5909


Service Details


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:


  • Specialization
    • Family 


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

Application Instructions

Call the county child support agency to get a paper application for Full Child Support (IV-D) Services.
The application is available online at:

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: and

Business Hours

8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday

Area Served

Dakota County


Phone Numbers

Type Number Hours
Main (952) 891-7500

Last Update


Other Locations

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