Child Support Services strives to put children first by encouraging both parents to assume economic responsibility. The program is designed to maintain a child's living standard by ensuring their basic needs are financially supported by both parents. Children's health and stability are positively impacted when both parents are active participants in their lives.
- Enforce child support orders
- Establish and enforce medical support
- Establish child support orders
- Establish paternity
- Negotiate logistics of interstate cases
- Modify child support orders
How to Apply
Apply online for child support services! The Colorado Child Support Services (CSS) Program has launched a streamlined application that's available 24/7 - apply online anywhere, any time. Get started today.
About the Child Support Services Program
CSS oversees the state’s child support system. Individual child support orders are managed by Colorado’s county child support offices. You can find many helpful services on the CSS website including:
• Applying for child support services
• How to create an online account to view specific information on your child support case
• How and when to request changes to a child support order
• Different ways to make and receive child support payments
• Frequently asked questions about child support in Colorado
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens after I apply?
Your application will be reviewed by our team, a case number will be assigned, and you will be contacted by one of our team members if more information is needed.
What can I expect now?
Once the noncustodial parent has been found and paternity has been established, Adams County Child Support Services (CSS) will proceed to establish a child support order. Establishing a child support order is a legal process that sets a monthly amount to be paid by the noncustodial parent for the support of the child.
Our office will request financial information on all parties and then review the information using the child support guidelines pursuant to the Colorado Revised Statutes. These guidelines consider factors such as needs of the child and the finances of both parents. The outcome of the guidelines will either be stipulated to by both parties or ordered by the court. All Colorado child support orders emancipate the child at age 19, unless specifically stated otherwise in the order or by further order of the court.
Once a child support order is obtained, our office will enforce the order if the noncustodial parent does not pay as ordered.
How do I receive my payments?
All child support and maintenance payments are processed through Colorado’s Family Support Registry (FSR). Once an FSR account number is assigned to you, you will be able to register on the Child Support Services website. After the person ordered to pay child support (obligor) makes a payment, there are several ways you can receive your child support payment through the FSR.
The fastest options are:
- Direct Deposit: The payment is directly deposited into your bank account.
- Child Support Payment Card: The payment is deposited directly to a prepaid debit card.
Specific details can be found online.
Where do I make a payment?
All child support and maintenance payments are processed through Colorado’s Family Support Registry (FSR) which offers several easy ways for you to submit child support payments. Specific details can be found online. Options include electronic check, mail, phone, credit/debit card payments, and automatically recurring options.
There is also a child support payment kiosk (additional fees apply for this option) located in the main lobby:
Adams County Human Services Department
11860 Pecos St., Suite 2600
Westminster, CO 80234
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