It is the mission of the Orleans Parish District Attorney's office to represent the interests of the State of Louisiana, advocate for the victims of crime, protect public safety, and uphold justice in an honest and ethical manner. This is primarily accomplished through the fair, effective, and efficient prosecution of offenders of the law. The District Attorney's office is committed to being responsive to the needs of victims, witnesses, children in need, law enforcement agencies, and the citizens at-large of this great community.

Child Support Enforcement

CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT DIVISION:

District Attorney Leon A. Cannizzaro, Jr. firmly believes that our children are not only the most innocent but also the most vulnerable victims of both poverty and crime.  Academic research has established that children who are raised in households living below the poverty line are more likely to find themselves on the wrong side of the criminal justice system.  As such, the District Attorney strongly believes in using the power of his office to assist custodial parents in obtaining court ordered child support.

The Child Support Enforcement Division of District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s Office enforces child support orders of the Civil District Court and the Juvenile Court in Orleans Parish.  The District Attorney’s office and the Louisiana Department of Social Services perform these services pursuant to a cooperative endeavor agreement.

If you are a custodial parent and need assistance with establishing paternity of a minor child, establishing an order of support, or enforcing an existing order please go to Louisiana Department of Social Services website (http://www.dss.state.la.us).  The website contains all information needed to start the process of obtaining assistance.

In Orleans Parish, child support orders are established by Louisiana Support Enforcement Services.  Information as well as the documents needed to start the process are available on the Louisiana Support Enforcement Services website (http://www.dss.state.la.us/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=142#orders).  Once an order of support is obtained, your case will be forwarded to the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office for enforcement.

If the District Attorney’s Office is assisting with the enforcement of your case, and you have a LASES (Louisiana Automated Support Enforcement System) number, then information is available by calling 1-800-256-4650 or 504-568-0278.  The State Call Center can provide recent activity on your child support case.  If you need to speak with your caseworker, an email will be sent to them and they will respond to you by telephone within 24-48 hours.

If it is important that you speak with someone in person regarding your case, then please visit the Child Support Enforcement Division located in the Amoco Building, 1340 Poydras St., Suite 1500, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.