Wisconsin Child Support Enforcement

In order to enforce child support payments in Wisconsin by an individual who is not receiving child support payments they are due, the individual may be able to contact the Department of Children and Families and request enforcement and if applicable, location services. DCF may be able to help track down a missing parent and impose wage withholding or some other enforcement mechanism to make sure past due child support is paid and that it continues to be paid pursuant to the court order.

How to File a Complaint

In Wisconsin, a parent is obligated to pay child support as set forth in a valid child support order issued by the court in Wisconsin or in any other state. Child support orders are enforced across state lines by the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.

In order to obtain services, a parent must first fill out an application and then submit it with the requisite fees to the local Wisconsin child support office. The office will then contact you with any further steps you may need to take or information you may need to provide.

How to Fill-in

Step 1Download the form (Adobe PDF).

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Step 2: On the first page, enter your name and relationship to the children and your race. Check whether you have a disability and whether you need language assistance.

Step 3: On the second page, enter the following information:

  • Maiden Name or Alias (if any)
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number/ITIN
  • Sex
  • Place of Birth
  • Check Services You Are Receiving or Have Received
  • Phone Numbers
  • Work Hours
  • Mailing Address
  • Residence (home) Address, if different
  • Employer Name
  • Telephone Number
  • FAX Number
  • Address
  • Is Health Insurance Available?
  • Are the Children Covered?
  • Premium
  • How Often Are You Paid?
  • Gross Income Per Payday
  • Job Title
  • Start Date
  • Occupational/Professional License
  • Member of the Armed Forces
  • Active Retired
  • Branch
  • Veterans Benefits

Step 4: Enter the following information about the OTHER PARENT

  • Name (last, first, middle, suffix, e.g., Jr.)
  • Maiden Name or Alias (if any)
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number/ITIN
  • Sex
  • Place of Birth
  • Phone numbers
  • Work Hours
  • Mailing Address
  • Residence (home) Address, if different
  • Employer Name
  • Telephone Number
  • Fax Number
  • Address
  • Is Health Insurance Available?
  • Are the Children Covered?
  • Premium
  • How Often Is the Other Parent Paid?
  • Gross Income Per Payday
  • Job Title
  • Start Date
  • Occupational/Professional License
  • Member of the Armed Forces
  • Branch
  • Veterans Benefits
  • Distinguishing Marks (tattoos/scars/birth marks)
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Race
  • Hair Color
  • Eye Color
  • Has this parent ever been arrested or convicted?
  • Date of Arrest or Conviction
  • City and State of Arrest or Conviction
  • Name of Parole/Probation Officer
  • Parent’s Mother and Father’s names

Step 5: Enter the following information about each child

  • Name of Child (last, first, middle, suffix, e.g., Jr.)
  • Social Security Number/ITIN
  • Sex
  • Race (optional)
  • Date of Birth
  • Is the name of the Father on the Birth Certificate?
  • Place of Birth
  • Does the child receive Social Security Benefits?
  • If this child is now in high school, expected date of graduation
  • Name of School
  • Address
  • Which parent does this child live with most of the time? (Defined as number of overnight stays or equivalent.)
  • Which parent has legal custody of this child?

Step 6: Enter the following information

  • Are you applying for services for an unborn child?
  • Current legal Status (Attach copies of any court orders, judgments, decrees, or stipulations)
  • The current relationship between you and the other parent
  • Child Support Order information, if any
  • List any other child you or the other parent (in Section 2) have with another partner.

Step 7: Sign and date and bring to your local child support agency.

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What DCF Can Do

If the non custodial parent refuses to pay child support, DCF is authorized to take action to enforce the child support order and can take several different steps to make sure support is paid, including:

  • income withholding
  • Intercepting Tax Refunds
  • Federal Enforcement Actions such as: denying loans, grants, or passports
  • Imposing Child Support Liens
  • License Denial

Contact DCF

Address:

Department of Children and Families
201 East Washington Avenue, Second Floor
P.O. Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708-8916
Phone:
608-267-3905
Fax:
608-266-6836
Email:
dcfweb@wisconsin.gov