Covid-19 Child Support FAQs:
The Support Enforcement Division (SED) of the DA’s Office helps children receive financial support from both parents and fosters the strengthening of families by connecting them to community services. Our office represents the interests of the State of Oregon. We do not represent either party. For legal advice please contact your private attorney.
Child support services are available to both custodial and non-custodial parents. Caretakers or relatives who have physical custody of a child may also be entitled to child support services.
The Child Support Program may be able to provide assistance with the following services:
- Establishing paternity, a child support order or modifying an existing support order
- Establishing, modifying or enforcing health care coverage for a child
- Determining the amount of past due child support
- Collecting support payments
- Providing spousal support services when associated with a current child support order and limited spousal-only enforcement services by wage withholding and accounting services.
To apply for child support service, please complete an on-line application or contact us at the address and phone number below.
Please refer to The Oregon Child Support Program Website for more detailed information regarding:
- Your child support case including case status, payments, history, etc.
- Timelines for various actions including establishing, modifying and enforcing your order
- Child Support Calculator to help you calculate the amount of your support order
- Child Support Laws to reference your rights and obligations
- Making Payments
Throughout the process, please remember to
- Notify our office of any change in either party’s address, phone number, employer and contact information.
- Contact our office if you receive or make payments directly to a party instead of the Child Support Accounting Unit.
- Provide as much information as possible about the obligated party’s income, assets, employment or circumstances which will assist our office to enforce the support order.
- Provide copies of all support orders, when requested. Note that signed or certified copies are preferable and are required for some processes.
- Keep our office advised of any legal proceedings or orders taken on your case through a private attorney.
- Advise our office if your child becomes self-supporting, joins the military, marries, changes custody, is adopted, or dies.
If support is not received, then SED may use various collection tools including:
- Wage withholding
- State and Federal Tax refund intercepts
- Credit Bureau reporting
- Unemployment and Worker’s Compensation withholding
- Bank garnishments
- License suspension
- Administrative and judicial enforcement, including judgment debtor examinations and contempt of court, as appropriate.
If you live in Portland, or other parts of Multnomah County and need assistance, please contact our downtown office:
Support Enforcement Division – Downtown
Multnomah County Central Courthouse
1200 Southwest 1st Avenue Suite 4200
Portland, Oregon 97204
Phone (503) 988-3150
Fax (503) 988-3160
If you live in the East Multnomah County area and need assistance, please contact our East County office:
Multnomah County DA’s Office
East County Office
18480 SE Stark St, Suite 305
Portland OR 97233-4867
Phone (503) 988-5321
Fax (503) 988-5338