Learning how to navigate through the child support system can be a difficult process for many fathers. The links below will direct you to resources found on the Colorado Office of Child Support Enforcement website and assistance from other social service agencies.
10 Things to Remember After Your Child Support Order is Established (Video)
For many non-custodial parents, being presented with a child support order and discussing all of its parts and pieces with a county child support worker can be very overwhelming. In order to minimize confusion and ensure that parents understand everything they will need to remember throughout the life of their order, the Be There for Your Kids campaign and the Colorado Division of Child Support Enforcement have created a new video — 10 Things to Remember After Your Child Support Order is Established.
Child Support Informational Brochure (PDF File)
Learn what services are available to you through the Colorado Office of Child Support Enforcement.
In an attempt to nurture and grow the relationships between non-custodial parents and their children, El Paso County Child Support Services has developed the El Paso County Parent Opportunity Program (POP). The goal of this program is to help parents overcome barriers to employment and payment of their child support. POP services include job readiness training, parenting education, substance abuse/mental health referrals, parenting time, mediation, assistance for ex-offenders, job placement assistance, one-on-one child support case management, clothing and transportation resources and legal referrals/direction to free legal clinics.
POP provides services through a community partnership between El Paso County Department of Human Services, the Center on Fathering, Goodwill Industries and Child Support Services of Colorado. To be eligible to receive POP services, applicants must be non-custodial parents who are residents of El Paso or Teller Counties and have an income of not more than 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.
Many fathers have misconceptions about child support. Some may not understand the different components of CSE or have had a bad experience in the past and are hesitant to move forward. The Be There for Your Kids campaign and the Colorado Child Support Enforcement Program have developed an informational video for Colorado fathers. This video responds to concerns dads may have about their child support orders, making changes to their orders, establishing paternity, the importance of communication between fathers and CSE staff and more.
A handbook that is designed to help you understand how child support works.
Learn more about the acceptable Family Support Registry payment options.
Parenting from Prison (PDF File)
A resource guide for incarcerated parents in Colorado.
Paternity Means Fatherhood - Three Easy Ways to Establish Paternity in Colorado (PDF File)
Establishing paternity is the process of determining the legal father of a child. When parents are married, paternity is automatically established in most cases. If parents are unmarried, paternity establishment is not automatic and both parents, as soon as possible, should start the process.
Taking Him Downtown: Child Support in the Words of Women
This Policy Brief by Women in Fatherhood provides an overview of the Child Support system, the barriers Child Support creates for low-income families, and the policy changes needed for it to effectively meet the collective needs of very low-income fathers, mothers, and children. Drawing upon Women In Fatherhood Inc.’s (WIFI’s) qualitative research with women, research on fragile families, and interviews with female experts in the fatherhood field, WIFI provides suggestions for changes to Child Support that will better ensure children are cared for and supported by both parents while encouraging father involvement and financial stability for fathers and mothers. This brief is written from the perspective of women–women who are working in, or recipients of, public assistance programs–namely Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Child Support.
What We Want to Give our Kids: How Child Support Debt Can Diminish Wealth-Building Opportunities for Struggling Black Fathers and Their Families
"This report, from the Center for Family Policy and Practice and the Insight Center for Community and Economic Development, shows how child support enforcement policies and practices can plunge some of society's most economically vulnerable fathers and their families deeper into poverty."