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CDHS makes Child Support Services more accessible for Coloradans

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DENVER (Dec. 22, 2021) — The Colorado Department of Human Services has announced two innovative updates to the Child Support Services program which will make it easier to access and receive child support. Parents seeking child support services will no longer have to pay an application fee of $20, effective Jan. 1; and custodial parents receiving child support through the State of Colorado will receive those payments electronically, effective Jan. 4. These changes come as Colorado successfully distributed $385 million in child support payments to parents and families in 2020.

“This is part of our ongoing commitment to serving parents and guardians to make sure all Colorado kids get the financial support they need to thrive,” said Larry Desbien, director of Child Support Services. “Electronic distribution is a more convenient, secure and reliable way to get funds to recipients.” 

It’s easier than ever for Colorado families to apply for, and receive, child support services. The online application gives parents the ability to sign electronically and apply from mobile devices. In addition, electronic distribution of child support funds is safer, as there will no longer be any lost or forged checks, and it also ensures that funds get to families in a more timely manner. Any parents who are currently receiving child support and do not have direct deposit or a payment card set up currently will automatically be issued a child support payment card and all future payments will be deposited on the card.

The Colorado Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) oversees child support in Colorado. For more information visit or follow DCSS on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube @SupportCOKids. 

Media contact:
Jordan Johnson
Interim Deputy Director of Communications