Rhode Island Child Support Enforcement

In order to enforce child support payments in Rhode Island, a custodial parent may contact the Rhode Island Office of Child Support Services in order to obtain assistance. OCSS has the ability to assist with locating a missing parent and enforcing a valid child support order through wage garnishment and other methods.

How to File a Complaint

In Rhode Island, a parent is obligated to pay child support as set forth in a valid child support order – whether the order was issued in Rhode Island, or another state. Rhode Island is empowered by the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act to enforce orders across state lines. Payments must be made as provided in the order unless modified or terminated by the court.

In order to obtain enforcement services from the Rhode Island Office of Child Support Services, a parent seeking services must first fill out an application accurately and completely and send it to OCCS with a check in the amount of $20.

How to Fill-in

Step 1Download the form (Adobe PDF).

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Step 2: Read the instructions and on page 4 enter the following information about the custodial parent:

  • Social Security Number
  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Ethnic Background
  • Residence or Home Address
  • Sex
  • Mailing Address(if different from above)
  • Telephone numbers
  • Email Address
  • What is your relationship to the Non-Custodial Parent?

Step 3: Enter the following information about the non-custodial parent:

  • Social Security Number
  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Ethnic Background
  • Residence or Home Address
  • Sex
  • Mailing Address(if different from above)
  • Telephone numbers
  • Email Address
  • Is the non-custodial parent living with anyone?
  • check if there are domestic violence issues

Step 4: Enter the following information about the parents’ relationship:

  • Are you and the Non-Custodial Parent currently married?
  • Were you and the Non-Custodial Parent ever married?
  • Are you and the Non-Custodial Parent divorced?
  • Date of Divorce
  • Divorce No.
  • Location
  • Date of Marriage

Step 5: Enter the following information about your employment and citizenship status

  • Current Primary Employment
  • Place of Employment
  • Employer Address
  • Employer Telephone
  • U.S. Citizen?
  • Is English the first language?
  • Have you ever received assistance in another state?
  • Are you and/or the child(ren) currently covered by medical insurance?
  • Medical Coverage is provided by whom?
  • Medical Insurance Policy Number
  • Medical Insurance Company
  • Type of Coverage
  • Current Medical Insurance Information

Step 6: Enter the following information about the non-custodial parent:

  • Current Primary Employment
  • Place of Employment
  • Employer Address
  • Employer Telephone
  • U.S. Citizen?
  • Nicknames or Alias
  • Physical Description
  • Driver’s License State
  • License No.
  • Does the NCP own a motor-vehicle?
  • If yes, describe below
  • Is English the first language?
  • Physical Markings or Scars

Step 7: Enter the following information about each child subject to the order:

  • Social Security Number
  • Child’s Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Sex
  • Ethnic background
  • Birthplace
  • Living With
  • Does the Non-Custodial Parent’s name appear on the birth certificate?
  • Has paternity ever been established through the court for this child?
  • If yes, court location/Date/
  • Is there a court order for support for this child?
  • If yes, amount of support ordered/Frequency
  • Date of order/Court Docket No./Court Location

Step 8: Read and sign the waiver and recoupment statement

Step 9: Fill out the statement of income and liabilities

Step 10: Fill out child support payment notice

Step 11: Fill out family violence questionnaire

Step 12: Send to the following address with a check of $20 and copies of relevant documents:

Department of Human Services
OFFICE OF CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES
77 Dorrance Street
Providence, RI 02903

What OCSS Can Do

OCSS can take several different types of actions to make sure a parent pays child support owed, including wage garnishment, license suspension, liens on property etc.

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Contact OCSS

Department of Human Services
OFFICE OF CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES
77 Dorrance Street
Providence, RI 02903

(401) 458-4400