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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.
The Child Support Enforcement Division supervises the child support program. County child support offices administer it by working with parents to establish and enforce support orders. The child support program helps:
Child support information is classified as private data under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. Anyone can ask for public data.
Private data on individuals or nonpublic data not on individuals can be given to:
Releasing Private Information
If you want the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the county child support office to give private information concerning your child support case to a third party, such as your current spouse, attorney, relative or friend, you can complete the Authorization for Release of Child Support Information to a Third Party (PDF). Fax or mail the authorization to the person you want to release the information.
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File Upload is an enhancement to Minnesota Child Support Online (MCSO). File upload allows employers to submit one child support payment file for all of their employees rather than enter each employee individually. There is no cost for using File Upload. Before payments can be submitted using File Upload, your business must be registered on MCSO.
The Child Support Performance Report for 2012 (PDF) provides data for state fiscal year 2012 (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012) on state and county collections and case load information for Minnesota’s Child Support Enforcement program.
Child Support ezDocs is now available to Minnesota child support participants. Child Support ezDocs is an interactive web tool that participants can use to request a review of their child support order, respond to an active review of their child support order or complete the pro se forms for child support modifications.
The Power of Two video is now online. The video explains voluntary paternity establishment through the Recognition of Parentage (ROP) process. A Recognition of Parentage form allows unmarried parents to establish a legal father (paternity) for their child.
Email updates - The Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) now offers a new Email Update service that sends automatic email notices regarding useful child support program information to subscribers. Anyone with an email address can subscribe. You can subscribe via the link on this page. When you subscribe you will receive a confirmation email and you must respond to it in order to activate your subscription.
County performance in context is a new interactive Web feature providing citizens the tools to compare Minnesota counties on 11 measures related to the well-being of children and families, get profiles of these measures, and view various demographic and economic indicators. It provides measures on the child support paternity establishment rate and collections rate.
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