Custodial parents, non-custodial parents and individuals and agencies with
physical custody of a child may apply for child support benefits.
You can apply for help obtaining child support through your local BCSE
county office. The telephone numbers for county BCSE offices can be found in
telephone directories, usually under the State or county social services
agency, or on this website by visiting the 'Find Local
Office' tab on the homepage and selecting the county in which you live.
The WV BCSE offers a variety of services to help secure support from the
parent(s) of the child. Some of the services available through the WV BCSE
Whether establishing paternity, finding a non-custodial parent, establishing
or enforcing a support order, the child support office must have enough
information to work on your case effectively. All information you provide
will be treated in confidence. The more details you provide, the easier it
will be to process your case and to collect child support payments for your
Bring as much as you can of the following information and documents to the
BCSE office. This will help the BCSE locate the parent, establish paternity,
and establish and enforce your child support order.
West Virginia currently does not charge for services provided by BCSE.
Assignment of support rights means that when you receive public assistance
from the State of West Virginia, all support, including arrears (unpaid back
support), collected for the obligee by the BCSE is kept by the State IV-A
agency (TANF) that is providing you with the public assistance. The amount
of your support that may be kept by the State may not exceed the total
amount of public assistance (TANF) you receive. If you receive public
assistance, then the child support collected by the BCSE will be kept by the
State to replace the monies the State is paying you. In other
words, you will not be able to receive cash assistance and the child support
payments. The child support payments go to the State to replace the monies
that the State has been giving the obligee in the form of cash assistance.
When a child receives WV Works (TANF), a referral to the BCSE for services
is mandatory. It is the job of the BCSE to locate the non-custodial parent
of the child, establish paternity and support, enforce the child support and
collect the debt owed to the State. Child support services are
voluntary for Medicaid and SNAP recipients.
No. You can get assistance from the TANF program if you are trying to help
find the non-custodial parent. Your caseworker will tell you what
information they will need you to provide to get assistance.
If you apply for services, the BCSE will try to find the non-custodial
parent to establish or enforce a child support obligation. Be sure to give
your caseworker all the information you have that might help find the
If you think that you or the baby (child) would not be safe if you try to
establish paternity or collect child support, and you need to be in a public
assistance program, you can talk to your caseworker about showing “good
cause” for not naming the father. There are safeguards in place to protect
you so that your personal information is not released to anyone who is not
authorized to view it.
No. West Virginia does not currently charge a fee for its BCSE services.
Yes. The BCSE provides translation services for non-English speaking
individuals. An interpreter is used during the conversation between staff
and the individual.