The Child Support Enforcement Bureau, General Civil Litigation Division, of the Office of the Attorney General, represents the Department of Revenue in 12 of Florida’s 67 counties in cases establishing and enforcing child support orders. The Child Support Enforcement Bureau provides legal services in accordance with Florida Statutes 61, 88, 287, 409 and 742, in cases involving children who reside in Florida as well as the other 49 states, the U.S. territories, and foreign countries. These services include cases referred by the client agencies for intrastate and interstate:
- Establishment of Paternity
- Establishment of Support
- Establishment of Paternity & Support
- Enforcement of Child Support Obligations
- Modification of Child Support Obligations
In addition to providing representation at the trial level and in administrative hearings, this bureau also serves as DOR statewide appellate counsel in Florida’s five district courts of appeal and the Florida Supreme Court. With offices located in Ft. Lauderdale, Tallahassee and St. Petersburg, the Child Support Enforcement Bureau filed a total of 167,070 cases since January 1, 2007, with approximately 253,167 court hearings held and 135,376 concluding orders obtained between January 1, 2007 and June 17, 2010.
For parents interested in more information or to obtain child support services, contact the Department of Revenue, Florida’s designated child support agency. The Department of Revenue’s toll-free number for child support matters is 1-800-622-5437 (1-800-622-KIDS). Additional child support information and resources are available from the Department of Revenue web site at http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/childsupport/.