- locating the other parent and his or her financial assets,
- scheduling genetic tests for the child and the man or men who might be the child's father,
- preparing the papers and taking the case to court to legally identify the father and to set a support order,
- ensuring that one or both parents provide health insurance for the child if possible,
- using all available and appropriate tools to collect the support owed, including setting up income withholding with the payer's employer,
- reviewing the support order periodically in case it needs to be changed, and
- ending the support order when appropriate.
Note: Child support agencies do not handle child-custody issues. Contact your local family court commissioner or a private attorney for help settling custody and placement disputes.