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Illinois Child Support Enforcement and Collection

In the state of Illinois, the Division of Child Support Services is a part of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS).

DCSS Mission Statement
Provide services to custodial and non-custodial parents by establishing paternity and establishing, enforcing and modifying child support obligations to strengthen families emotionally and financially.

If the dependent children live with one parent and the other parent does not live at home and does not provide financial support, the division will:
  • Search for the non-custodial parent
  • Establish paternity
  • Obtain a child support order or enforce an existing order when the non-custodial parent has been located
  • Enforce the child support order by serving an income withholding notice for child support on the non-custodial parent's employer.
  • Secure medical insurance for the children.
Contact Information:
A toll-free customer service Automated Voice Response System (AVRS) is available to answer calls in both English and Spanish, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The number to call to reach the AVRS is 1-800-447-4278. If you do not have an active child support case with the department and would like one, a customer service representative will be able to answer your questions and take your application. Please call 1-800-447-4278, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday except state holidays.

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This information has been compiled directly from the most recently available child support enforcement information. Every effort has been made to assure that this information is correct and complete. Be aware that laws frequently change. Do not take any action based on this information without first consulting an attorney to be certain that the laws pertaining to your particular situation have not changed.

The language used in most cases on this page is legal terminology taken directly from the statutes and laws of each state. The terminology is not always easy to understand. If you are not sure of something you should consult an attorney so that you can fully understand the meaning of the laws.

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