To ensure adequate financial and medical support for families through an aggressive approach in locating obligors, establishing and enforcing court-ordered child support and medical coverage and in the establishment of paternity and child support collection for non-marital children, so that all families can reduce their reliance on public assistance, and achieve financial independence.
SUMMARY of RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Sheboygan County Child Support Enforcement Agency is responsible for the operation of the county's IV-D Program known as Child Support Enforcement.
In Wisconsin, the Bureau of Child Support (BCS) located in the State Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Division of Economic Support (DES) oversees the administration of the 72 county child support agencies. The Child Support Enforcement Program is authorized by Title IV, Part D of the Social Security Act, that is why is it referred to as the IV-D Program.
The Child Support Enforcement Agency is operated through the cooperative efforts of Federal, State and local government. In Sheboygan County, we have Cooperative Agreements with the following agencies or departments: Corporation Counsel, Sheriff's Department, and Family Court Commissioner.
The Child Support Enforcement Program is designed to:
- Establish paternity on behalf of children whose parents were not married to each other at the time of the child's birth;
- Establish court orders obligating parents to pay child support and provide health care for their children, including health insurance coverage;
- Collect support payments including: (1) child support; (2) family support (combined support for both the children and the custodial person in a child support case; and (3) in cases where there is an order to make separate child support and spousal maintenance payments (alimony), to collect both child support and spousal maintenance;
- Take administrative and legal actions necessary to enforce a support order when parents fail to pay the support they've been ordered to pay; and
- Find parents who are not paying support, and locate their income and assets, when necessary to establish or enforce a child support order.
The Child Support Enforcement Program encourages parental responsibility and offers social, economic and medical benefits to families. The IV-D Program benefits not only the children and families who are directly affected, but the general public as well. Some tangible benefits include: financial security for children, children gain multiple advantages from paternity establishment, reduced W-2 taxpayer costs, and reduced health care costs.
The Management and Staff of the Sheboygan County Child Support Enforcement Agency accept as their mission the responsibility to perform the above services for the citizens of Sheboygan County in an efficient, effective manner and within the budget approved by the Sheboygan County Board of Supervisors.