Public Assistance and Child SupportState and federal law requires those receiving public assistance to cooperate with the Office of Child Support and the Prosecuting Attorney. The term "public assistance" includes a wide variety of assistance programs you may receive, including cash assistance, food assistance, child care and medical services.
The child support program will help you:
- Establish paternity;
- Establish a child support order (even if you have a personal agreement or divorce order in place stating no child support is ordered); or
- Seek any needed changes to an existing order.
Non-cooperation could result in your public assistance benefits being reduced or canceled.