The mission of the Colorado Child Support Services Program is to make sure that all children receive financial and medical support from each parent.
The Child Support Services Program puts children first by helping both parents assume responsibility for the economic and social well-being, health, and stability of their children. Check out this video from the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement to learn how it works.
CDHS serves and supports Colorado families by:
- Locating parents
- Establishing paternity
- Enforcing child support and medical orders;
- Modifying child support orders; and
- Collecting and distributing collections.
- We also work with other partners to provide referrals to services that help with employment, visitation and other important family needs.
Watch this video from the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, which looks at the most common child support services that parents will typically use and provides general advice to ensure the process goes smoothly.
There are a couple of ways you can apply for child support services:
- Stop by your county office to receive a paper application to complete
- Visit the Child Support Web Portal to begin the process online
Whichever way you prefer, there is a $20 application fee unless you are receiving public assistance (TANF benefits).
- If you do not have a child support order, your county office will establish a court order for child support. To do this, the office will gather information needed from all parties to establish and enforce the support order.
- If you do have a child support order, the county office will add your order to our system and assist with enforcing the order by locating the paying parent, sending an income withholding order to the paying parent's employer and other enforcement actions as needed.
What Do I Need To Apply?
- Birth certificate and Social Security card for child(ren)
- Personal identification (driver's license, passport, state-issued ID)
- Verification of income (pay stubs, etc)
- Payment record of support paid
- Copy of marriage certification (if applicable)
- Copy of court order if already in place (if you don't have a copy of the order, supply the date, county and state of the order as well as the court case number)
Go to the Colorado Child Support Services Web Portal to:
- Apply for Child Support Services
- Register to access your child support account online
- Learn more about all services offered by Colorado Child Support Services
The State of Colorado Child Support Commission is required by Title IV of the Social Security Act and created pursuant to § 14-10-115(16) C.R.S. It is charged with conducting a review of the child support guidelines and examining discretionary issues presented by members and various stakeholders. Click to learn more about the Child Support Commission.
In April 2017, Colorado implemented a first-in-the-nation full child support pass-through policy for families receiving assistance through the Colorado Works program. Prior to this policy change, the state, county and federal governments retained all payments made by non-custodial parents to Colorado Works receiving families as reimbursement for public assistance benefits paid. After the change, Colorado saw a larger than anticipated increase in child support payments for these families. Researchers at CDHS sought to quantify the impact of the policy change on families in need. As a result of the policy change, Colorado Works families saw an average increase in payment of $167 a month. To learn more about CDHS's research study, check out this one-page synopsis and this webinar explaining the findings.