Virginia Child Support Enforcement

In order to enforce child support payments in Virginia parents who are not receiving payments due them under a valid child support order, may be able to contact the Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) in order to start the process of enforcement. DCSE may be able to help in locating a missing parent, and enforcing the order through wage garnishment and other methods.

How to File a Complaint

In Virginia, a parent is obligated pay child support in accordance with a child support order issued by a court, whether the court is in Virginia or another state. Child support orders can be enforced across state lines because of the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.  Enforcement measures can be taken by the DCSE to make sure payments are made and arrears are paid.

Child support payments are typically made weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. If the parent stops making the payments, then the other parent can file a complaint with DCSE.

How to Fill-in

Step 1Download the form (Adobe PDF).

Download (PDF, 148KB)

Step 2: On the first page, enter in your name and address and whether the children in question live with you and whether you have used enforcement services before.

Step 3: On the second page, enter the following information about the custodial parent:

  • Name
  • Maiden or Never Married
  • Relationship to child(ren)
  • Physical Address
  • Mailing Address
  • Email address
  • Social Security Number
  • Place of Birth
  • Driver’s license number
  • State of Issue
  • Phone Numbers
  • Date of Birth
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Marital Status
  • Occupation
  • Employer
  • Employer’s Address
  • Phone

Step 4: Enter the following information about the non-custodial parent:

  • Name
  • Maiden or Never Married
  • Relationship to child(ren)
  • Physical Address
  • Mailing Address
  • Email address
  • Social Security Number
  • Place of Birth
  • Driver’s license number
  • State of Issue
  • Phone numbers
  • Date of Birth
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Marital Status
  • Occupation
  • Employer
  • Employer’s Address
  • Phone
  • Does the noncustodial parent have a business or professional license?
  • Is the noncustodial parent a student?
  • Identifying Marks
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Hair Color
  • Eye Color
  • Type of Car
  • Year
  • License Plate Number
  • State
  • Bank Name
  • Type of Account
  • Is the noncustodial parent currently serving in the military?
  • Did the noncustodial parent ever serve in the military?
  • Branch
  • Dates
  • Is the noncustodial parent currently incarcerated?
  • Has the noncustodial parent ever been incarcerated?
  • Location
  • Dates
  • Noncustodial Parent’s Father Name and Address and Phone
  • Noncustodial Parent’s Mother Name and Address and Phone

Step 5: Insert the following informatuion about each of the children for whom you are seeking support:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Were parents married to each other at time of child’s birth?
  • Date and place of Marriage
  • Are the parents still married?
  • If not married, was paternity established?
  • How was paternity established?
  • Is there an existing support order for this child?
  • If yes, complete and attach a Statement of Payments Received for this order.
  • Amount
  • Payable to
  • Court Where Entered
  • Is the child severely and permanently mentally or physically disabled?

Step 6: On the next page, enter information about the mother’s marriages, check whether there are protective orders in effect and read which documents need to be included with application.

Step 7: On page 5, enter your financial information.

Step 8: On page 6 read the rights and responsibilities and sign.

Step 9: Fax or mail the application to your local child support office.

What DCSE Can Do

The Virginia Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) can take a number of steps to enforce a child support order including the following:

  • income withholding
  • file property liens
  • report child support debts to credit agencies
  • suspend drivers’ and other licenses
  • intercept income tax refunds
  • prepare your case for court action and petition another state for assistance when needed

Contact DCSE

Address:

Division of Child Support Enforcement
801 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219-2901

Phone: (800) 468-8894

The local offices of the DCSE can be found by going to this page:

 

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