Child-Support-Enforcement Agency Law and Legal Definition

This is a governmental agency which helps custodial parents collect child support. Pursuant to the Social Security Act, states are required to set up child-support-enforcement agencies to collect support for obligee parents. Each state has its own central registry; however, the agencies are regulated by a set of federal standards. The Child-Support-Enforcement Agency can function through the state's Department of Human Services, its Department of Justice, its tax agency, or its Attorney General's office. The Agency helps in locating non-custodial parents, establishing paternity by legally identifying a child’s father, establishing support orders, collecting support payments, and services for non-custodial parents.