Welcome to the Child Support Division of the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney! We believe that every child has the right to the care and support of both parents, whether or not the parents are married or both in the home. Our purpose is to use the full force of the law to protect, preserve, and enforce this right. We strive to meet the needs of our program participants quickly and professionally.
Our primary functions are to assist in:
- Establishment of a court order for the payment of child support,
- Enforcement of existing court orders for the payment of child support,
- Establishment of paternity for children whose parents are not married, and
- Locating absent parents whose whereabouts are unknown.
Despite having a limited staff and more than 900 open child support cases in Jefferson County, the Child Support Division has been very successful in enforcing and collecting child support. In 2017 the Jefferson County Child Support Division was awarded the Most Improved County for the most overall improvement in Federal Performance Measures for Small County by the Indiana Child Support Bureau. The Child Support Division also made the 2017 Honor Roll for Exceeding State and Federal Performance Measures.
In 2017 we collected over $1.8 million for the children of Jefferson County.
The willful failure by absent parents to support their children is an ongoing problem for millions of children in our country. As parents and as public servants, we must do our part to strengthen the family and to insure that our children receive the necessary care to allow them to flourish to their greatest potential. We must give top priority to the needs of our children in order to foster their growth and development. Families are the foundation of our society. We can no longer afford to turn our heads at the expense of our children and families.
- Who is eligible for services from the child support division?
- How can I apply for services?
- Does the prosecuting attorney or the child support division also determine custody of the children and visitation rights, or settle visitation disputes?
- Does the prosecuting attorney or the child support division also resolve property settlement matters?
- Are the earnings of both parents considered in setting the amount of child support?
- How are child support payments made