About Obtaining Child Support
Child Support services are offered through Minnesota counties. Either parent, with or without custody of their children, may receive these services. Families not receiving public assistance must apply for services by completing an Non Public Assistance application.
Print Application: You can obtain an application by calling our office. We will send one out to you in the mail or email.
Apply Online: Use the DHS Application for Child Support Services on the State of Minnesota's website.
Note: Families receiving MFIP, medical assistance, and child care assistance automatically have an open child support case. Families must cooperate with child support efforts to continue receiving benefits. County child support offices use a variety of tools to set and collect support.
Child Support services include:
- Locating non-custodial parents
- Establishing parentage
- Establishing and enforcing child support orders which, includes medical support and child care support
- Collecting current and past due support
- Watch a short video about Child Support in English
- Watch a short video about Child Support in Spanish
Collections & Enforcement Methods:
- Withholding child support from pay checks
- Intercepting Federal and State tax refunds to pay child support arrears
- Reporting those owing child support arrears to credit bureaus
- Suspending or revoking state issued recreational and occupational licenses for failure to pay child support
- Reviewing and adjusting child support orders periodically
- Intercepting lottery winnings of more than $600
- Adjusting child support orders for cost of living increases every 2 years
- Bringing court actions for contempt against parents who are not paying their court ordered support
- Statewide child support enforcement system
By Phone: If you are calling about a missed payment, please call the payment line at 651-431-4340 or 1-800-657-3512. We cannot check on missed payments unless they are more than 30 days past due.
Online: Log into Minnesota Child Support Online. Creating an account is required to use this portal.
Anyone who has a child support case in Scott County may use the Minnesota Department of Human Services website to see what is happening on their case.
All necessary forms are available for download on the Minnesota Judicial Branch's website: Court Forms - Child Support Category
Child Support hearings are being scheduled and held will be held via video (ZOOM) or telephone hearings. Clients will be sent information on how to call in when the hearing notice is sent to them. Scott County is now also scheduling Genetic Testing for paternity cases.
The Minnesota Child Support Division offers an online calculator tool for calculating payments. It bases the Child Support Guidelines Calculator on the Minnesota Child support guidelines statute. The calculator is intended to be used to estimate the amount of child support that the court may order on a case.
If you have questions or need further information, please call 952-496-8183. Leave your name and your case number OR social security number along with a brief message. We will return your call within 24 hours.