Connecticut Child Support Enforcement Resource Center

Even if the non-custodial parent lives outside the state of Connecticut, the law requires cooperation between states. The non-custodial parent is legally required to make regular child support payments, regardless of where they live.

Connecticut Support Enforcement Measures

If a non-custodial parent does not pay child support, he or she is subject to enforcement measures in accordance with Federal and Connecticut child support law to collect regular and past-due payments.

Who Can Enforce Court Ordered Child Support in Connecticut?

The Connecticut Bureau of Child Support Enforcement is the state-run child support enforcement office for Connecticut. The Connecticut Department of Social Services is required by federal law to provide services through Bureau of Child Support Enforcement (BCSE) and is funded by the federal government and the State of Connecticut.

Full Time Equiv. Staff 453
Total Caseload 210,453

1 U.S. Office of Child Support Enforcement, Boxscores for FY 2005

Interest on Missed Child Support Payments

The State of Connecticut does not provide for interest charges on missed payments, retroactive support, or adjudicated arrears.

Connecticut Statute of Limitations on Back Child Support Payments (Arrears)

There is no statute of limitations in Connecticut for enforcement of child support arrears.

Connecticut Statute of Limitations for Determination of Paternity

The statute of limitations in Connecticut for establishment of paternity 18 years of age.

Age of Emancipation / Age of Majority in Connecticut

The age of majority in Connecticut is 18 except in cases where decree of dissolution of marriage, legal separation or annulment is entered on or after July 1, 1994 in accordance with CGS Sec. 46b-84, support continues for unmarried children residing with a parent until completion of 12th grade or the age of nineteen, whichever first occurs. CGS §17b-745, 46b-171, 46b-172 and 46b-215 amended October 1, 2004, extends the support liability of parents who are subject to the provisions of these statutes to age 19 for unmarried children who remain full-time high school students.

Support obligation may be extended past the age of majority if the child lives with a parent and has mental retardation, or a mental or physical disability, until age 21 in cases of dissolution of marriage, legal separation or annulment, for orders entered on or after October 1, 1997, in accordance with CGS Sec. 46b-84.

How Are Child Support Payment Amounts Determined in Connecticut?

Connecticut courts follow mandatory guidelines in an effort to make fair and consistent child support orders. The Connecticut Child Support and Arrearage Guidelines are regulations which provide a formula to determine the child support payment amount. The Guidelines use the combined income of the mother and the father and the number of children to determine a child support amount.

The Connecticut Child Support and Arrearage Guidelines may be downloaded from the Judicial Branch website.

Custody and Visitation Issues

Child support and visitation rights are separate issues. The court determines both and will usually order the non-custodial parent to pay support and the custodial parent to make the child available for visits.

The custodial parent must obey the court order for visitation, even if the non-custodial parent cannot or will not pay child support. The court can enforce any of its orders against either parent.

Our clients say...

It took me 10 years to catch up with my husband to establish a court order for child support. Years had gone by and his debt was in the thousands. I got Human Services involved and they told me that because I was now in a different state I had to close my case and had to open my case there. Weeks after I sent the paperwork to the Child Support Enforcement office, I received a letter saying I needed to attach notarized proof of previous payements made etc, etc, etc. I was tired of going through the process of trying to get child support owed.

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After many years of searching through various agencies for my ex-husband, a dear friend told me about the Support Collectors web site. I logged on and requested an application, thinking to myself it won't make a difference. We hadn't found him in 19 years, they won't be able to find him either. To my surprise they did and very quickly. Support Collectors handled everything very professionally and I received my settlement of $60,000 within a few months!

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Collected $26,000

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- Teresa H., Illinois
Collected $26,000