Collection and Enforcement Unit
Every child is entitled
to financial and emotional support from both parents.
This is true even if the child's parents do not live together and were
never married. If you are the parent of a child, New York State law
says you are responsible for the financial support of that child until
the child is 21, even if you have never lived with the child or do not
live with the child now.
If the child does not live with you, you will have to make child
support payments to the other parent or to the person who is taking
care of the child. This support should start the day your child is
There is a Child Support Collection and Enforcement Unit in each county in New York State. The Yates County Unit helps those families who reside in Yates County.
The child support program can help:
- Find an absent (non-custodial) parent;
- Establish legal fatherhood for a child;
- Get a support order from court, including medical support;
- Collect child support payments from an absent parent; and
- Enforce court orders when child support is not paid.
Who is eligible for child support services?
Any child residing in Yates County.
Any custodial parent or guardian who needs them.
Child Support Services
Once you apply, the following services are provided by our program
free of charge. These services are available whether the absent parent
lives in or outside of New York. You may be asked to pay for a lawyer if you want one.
Location of Absent Parents
Computer searches are used to find the absent parent if you do not
know where he or she lives or works.
We will help you establish legal fatherhood either by voluntary
acknowledgement or through court.
To get the child support you are legally entitled to, you need a
support order from the court. We will help you file a petition to get
a support order.
Medical Support EstablishmentThe court will make a determination of which parent will be responsible
for health insurance coverage and medical support.
The absent parent will be ordered to pay child support to the Support
Collection Unit (SCU). The SCU will keep track of the payments and
promptly send them to you.
We provide automatic enforcement of child support orders. Without
going back to court, we can: deduct child support from income; suspend
driver's licenses; take tax refunds and lottery winnings; seize bank
Medical Support Enforcement
If the absent parent was ordered to provide health insurance for the
child and has not, we will automatically require the absent parent's
employer to deduct any employee-paid health insurance premiums for his
or her wages.
What is expected of the custodial parent or guardian?
- If you are a temporary assistance client, you are required to
cooperate with the Child Support Enforcement Unit.
- If you are not receiving temporary assistance, you need to
complete an application to request services. Most of these services
are free. You may be asked to pay for a lawyer, if you want one.
- You will be required to attend any court appearances.
What is expected of the non-custodial parent?
Post Office Box 15636
Albany, NY 12212-5363
Please write your 9-digit account number on all payments.
Send correspondence, including your 9-digit account
Yates County Support Collection Unit
PO Box 16
New York 14527
What is expected of employers who withhold child support
||Send all payments to:|
New York State Child Support Processing Center
PO Box 15363 Albany, NY 12212-5363
||Be sure to include all names, account numbers, corresponding
amounts and week ending dates.|
||If you would like information on sending child support payments
electronically, please call1-888-208-4485|
||Remit all child support payments to Albany within 7 days after
withholding from respondent's pay.|
||If you have questions regarding an income execution, please call
888-208-4485 during office hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday|
New York State Child Support Information Line
Available 7 days a week/24 hours a day
Must have touch tone phone to use the Information Line.
Available in English and Spanish
or visit the www.newyorkchildsupport.com website
Text Used with permission of Oswego County DSS and the NYS Office of Child Support Collection and Enforcement