Understanding Wisconsin's Child Support
Support Enforcement program is a joint effort of local and state
Local Child Support Enforcement Agencies
Both county and tribal agencies provide case management services for
almost 400,000 child support cases in Wisconsin. These agencies work
with the courts, sheriff departments, and other local agencies to
coordinate child support services. Each local child support agency
employs or contracts for legal representation to serve the interests
of the State.
The county and tribal courts in Wisconsin have sole authority
for entering paternity judgments, for ordering child support and
medical support, and for modifying child support payments. The
courts can also impose civil and criminal enforcement remedies.
The Wisconsin Support Collections Trust
This fund is a centralized operation established by Wisconsin
statute to receipt and disburse support and other payments. The
Department of Workforce Development contracts with the Lockheed
Martin corporation for this service.
The Bureau of Child Support
This bureau in the Department of Workforce Development
administers and manages Wisconsin's child support program. The
Bureau sets statewide policy and provides technical assistance to
local child support agencies. The Bureau also operates a child
support computer system called KIDS and the Wisconsin Support
Collections Trust Fund.