Child Support

Every child needs financial and emotional support, and every child has the right to support from both parents. Minnesota's child support program benefits children by enforcing parental responsibility for their support.

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Devoted parents can be loving and supportive forces in their children’s life. Even when parents do not live together, they need to work together to support their children. Without the involvement of both parents, too many children do not get the chance they need and deserve to reach their full potential.

Minnesota’s child support program helps parents establish a financial partnership.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services Child Support Division and county child support agencies work with both parents to establish and enforce support orders. Together, they help families become and remain self-sufficient through improved child support collections.

Child support is money a parent is court-ordered to pay to their child's other parent or caregiver for the support of the child. The support may be part of an interim, temporary, permanent or modified court order in a:


A person can receive child support if all of the following apply:

Child support services are available to:

Options for Child Support Services

Child Support Office Services

Child support offices do not help with:

Child Support Offices and county attorneys do not represent either parent in child support court actions. Instead, they represent the best interests of the child according to the requirements of child support statutes and guidelines. In Minnesota, parents can also use an expedited process to resolve child support matters where they can represent themselves.


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