Public Assistance and Child Support

State 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.