Child Support Enforcement

Custodial Parent

The custodial party in a child support case is the person who is responsible for the day-to-day care of the children and has physical custody of them. The custodial party can be a parent, legal guardian, or caretaker.

Role & Responsibilities of the Custodial Parent

Custodial parties who have an open IV-D case with Child Support Enforcement (CSE) are responsible for:

  • Responding to all requests for information, appearing for interviews and court hearings, and submitting your child to paternity testing, if necessary. 
  • Giving CSE any information you can about the non-custodial parent.
  • Notifying the local child support office of any changes in your status, such as, name, address, email, custody of child, and the desire for continued services. 
  • Cooperating with CSE. For public assistance recipients, the failure to cooperate could result in a loss of benefits. 
  • Staying involved in the case. A team effort produces the best results.

Things to Know

  • CSE does not represent the custodial or non-custodial parent. CSE represents the State of Nebraska.
  • If you do not cooperate with CSE (e.g., provide information or respond when requested), and are not receiving public assistance, CSE may close your case. 
  • If you choose to hire a private attorney, CSE will only discuss your case with your attorney.
  • Closure of your CSE case does not automatically stop your court order.
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