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Parents have a responsibility to support their children financially. Obtaining child support is important to their well-being, and CT DSS can assist parties in obtaining a child support order. If a person does not already receive child support, the child’s parent, guardian, legal custodian, or the person with whom the child lives can contact CT DSS for assistance in obtaining an order for the payment of child support and health care coverage for the child(ren.)
There are generally three parties in a child support case: the child(ren), the custodial party and the non-custodial parent. The custodial party is the person who lives with the child and has primary responsibility for the care of the child. The non-custodial parent is often the child's father, although in some circumstances the child's mother can also be the non-custodial parent.
The mission of the Office of Child Support Services within the Connecticut Department of Social Services is to improve the well-being of children, promote the self-sufficiency of families, and deliver quality child support services, with recognition that to grow and thrive children require the financial, medical, and emotional support of both parents, regardless of their living situation or relationship.