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General Office Information
The Office of the Court Trustee is located on the 7th floor (west) of the Sedgwick County Courthouse at 525 N. Main, Wichita, Kansas. The office has a staff of 47 employees. Joni Wilson-Colby is the Court Trustee Manager and Joy Kay Williams is the Court Trustee.
Office hours are 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday. You may call our office at (316)660-5833. We accept phone calls during regular business hours. Any call not answered immediately will be returned within 24 hours. Our fax number is (316)660-5760. You may also e-mail the Court Trustee's office at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions and a response will be returned to you on the next business day.
The Kansas Call Center is available to parties involved in the IVD Program. Their telephone number is 888-757-2445.
The attorneys who work for the IVD program work only for the Department for Children and Families. Even if you benefit from their work, they do not represent you. They cannot give you legal advice. They cannot do any legal work on your case that goes beyond DCF services. The role of the Court Trustee attorney in child support cases is to act in the public interest to make sure parents, not the state, are the ones that support their children.
Federal IVD Program
Effective February 1, 1996, all new and modified child support orders in the Eighteenth Judicial District, except temporary orders, are assigned to the Office of the Court Trustee for monitoring and enforcement. These cases are divided into two categories: IVD cases and Non-IVD cases.
IVD cases are cases that have been referred to the Office of the Court Trustee by the Department for Children and Families (DCF) program. DCF provides services such as locating non-custodial parents, establishing paternity, establishing and enforcing support orders, collecting child support payments and securing health insurance coverage. The CSS Program is part of the Integrated Services Delivery branch of the Department for Children and Families (DCF). CSS services are automatic for all children who are receiving Temporary Assistance for Families, Child Care Assistance or who are in Foster Care. All other persons with custody of a child may apply for CSS services.
All cases with a new or modified child support orders that are not IVD are referred to the Office of the Court Trustee under the Non-IVD program.
NON IVD Program
Any case filed after February 1, 1996 and is not referred under the Federal IVD program falls under this category.
Under the Non-IVD program in Sedgwick County, all orders for payment of child support, except temporary orders, are assigned to the Office of the District Court Trustee for monitoring and enforcement unless a "good cause exception" is granted by the Administrative Judge.
The Kansas Payment Center disburses payments within 48 hours. A District Court Trustee fee, currently set at 2.5% of the support collected, is retained to defray the expenses of operating the office. The Kansas Child Support Guidelines now allow an adjustment of the child support award so that each parent pays approximately half of the Court Trustee fee.
The Court Trustee acts upon written request of a person owed support or upon order of the Court. The Court Trustee is authorized to pursue all civil remedies in enforcing the payment of support. This includes processing cases in which the parent obligated to provide child support resides in another state.