The Department operates the State of Wisconsin's child support program for Milwaukee County. In doing so, the Department locates absent parents, establishes paternity, and establishes and enforces child support orders.
The Department of Child Support Enforcement's employees are dedicated to the goal of ensuring that all children are supported by both parents whenever possible. The Department manages over 138,000 IV-D cases for Milwaukee County.
The Department has five divisions: Establishment, Enforcement, Financial, Legal, and Operations. Establishment is responsible for establishing paternity, obtaining support orders, and maintaining the Customer Service unit of the Department. The Enforcement Division handles income withholding, contempt actions, modification reviews, interstate enforcement, and tax refund interception. The entry of family court orders on Wisconsin's Kids Information Data System (KIDS) and the proper disbursement of support payments is the focus of the Financial Division. The Legal Division represents the Department in family court hearings. Operations is responsible for maintaining the infrastructure of the Department: its human resources, computers, supplies, and budget.