The Family Support Division of the District Attorney's Office is responsible for helping current and past Josephine County citizens with all aspects of child support obligations. This office establishes paternity at the request of fathers or mothers, issues initial child support orders, modifies existing child support orders to conform to the Oregon child support guidelines, enforces existing child support orders, interfaces with the state agency which tracks the collection of child support orders, and answers questions of our clients about what is happening and what should happen with their cases. We use more than 30 collections techniques to enforce orders. They range from simple phone calls to felony criminal charges.
The federal government pays approximately 70% of the cost of the county program. With the exception of cases where individuals are receiving welfare or where money is still owed the state welfare system, this office provides services to all upon request and free of charge. The office represents the State of Oregon and not the mother or father.