The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Division of Child Support Enforcement, is responsible for supervising the administration of New York State’s child support enforcement program.
The Child Support Enforcement Unit assists individuals in locating a missing non-custodial parent, establishing paternity, and establishing, collecting and distributing child support. Litigants may agree that support shall be paid directly by the payor to the payee, but support may also be paid through the Support Collection Unit (SCU), which acts as a third party, collecting the support from the payor and then forwarding it to the payee. This process confers certain benefits.
The SCU keeps track of payments and will automatically enforce an Order, if necessary, through income withholding and other means, including taking income tax refunds, suspending driver’s licenses, suspending or denying passports and notifying credit reporting agencies of arrears. If these administrative measures are unsuccessful, the SCU may assist the payee in preparing a Petition for Enforcement for the New York State Family Court.
Any parent, or non-parent caregiver acting as guardian, of at least one (l) child under 2l years of age may apply for child support services. You may obtain more information at childsupport.ny.gov or l-888-208-4485.