Child Support Services
Child Support Enforcement Program
The Child Support Enforcement Program is authorized and defined by statute Title IV-D of the Social Security Act. The legal duty to support a minor child belongs to both parents, even if the custodial parent is capable of caring for the child single-handedly. Child support is awarded to provide for the child's basic needs and to allow the child to share in the standard of living of both parents. The non-custodial parent may be either the mother or the father. Child Support Services works with both the custodial and non-custodial parent so ensure fair and accurate determination of support.
Services provided include:
- Assist parents with establishing paternity
- Locating an absent parent
- Obtaining financial and medical support for their child(ren)
- Enforcement of the child support order
The Child Support Unit does not handle the following issues:
- Visitation and custody
All persons applying for services under the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Basic Cash Assistance program are mandatorily required to participate with the Child Support Unit. All persons applying for child support services who are not receiving TANF must pay a one-time non-refundable $20 application fee.
For More Information
To learn more about the program or for more information and how to apply, please contact the Child Support Unit of the Elbert County Health and Human Services Department.
Other Child Support Resources
State of Colorado
The State of Colorado's Child Support website has extensive information for parents, employers, child support technicians and partner agencies. Parents can also access their payment information 24/7 by signing up on this site.
The Federal Administration for Children and Families website contains detailed information about the child support program, contact information for each state as well as other states and tribunals laws and regulations.
The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement does not provide services directly to families. Instead, it helps child support agencies in the states and tribes develop, manage and operate their programs effectively and according to federal law.