Child Support

The District Attorney’s office enforces child support orders of the Civil District Court and the Juvenile Court in Rapides Parish through its Child Support Enforcement Division.

The DA’s office and the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services perform support services through a cooperative endeavor agreement.

Services are available for applicants who receive Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC); IV-E cases (foster care cases in which the child received or may have been eligible for AFDC when they were judicially removed from the home); and Medicaid (non-IV-E and non-AFDC cases).

The same services are also available with a $25 fee to applicants who are not on any of the above forms of assistance. 
Additionally, a non-resident applicant who applies for services through the IV-D agency in their state is also eligible for assistance from the Louisiana IV-D Program.

There are five major IV-D program functions:
  1. Locating absent parents
  2. Establishing paternity
  3. Establishing child support obligations, including medical support and other special needs
  4. Collecting and distributing support payments, including spousal support in conjunction with child support orders
  5. Enforcing support obligations, including medical and spousal
If you are a custodial parent or guardian and need assistance with establishing paternity of a minor child, establishing an order of support, or enforcing an existing order, you can find more information by clicking here.

If the District Attorney’s Office is assisting with the enforcement of your case, and you have a Louisiana Automated Support Enforcement System (LASES) number, call 1-888-524-3578 or 318-442-9200 for more information.  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 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 District Attorney Annex Building (921 Ninth St., Alexandria) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome.

Documents you may have to provide for copying include:
  • Medicaid card for child or a $25 application fee
  • Insurance or other medical cards
  • Birth certificate (full sheet only)
  • Social Security cards for you and children
  • Your current picture ID
  • Your last two paycheck stubs
  • Child care statement (if applicable)
  • Civil orders (signed by judge), including child support, custody, paternity and divorce (include marriage certificate)

Meet Your District


You could say Phillip Terrell grew up in the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office. Terrell’s father, Jesse “Pete” Terrell, was

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District Attorney Phillip Terrell’s Office Convicts Eddie Ray Jackson in First Murder Trial Since Covid-19 Shut Down Jury Trials

Late Saturday afternoon, District Attorney Phillip Terrell’s office convicted Eddie Ray Jackson of killing James Melton in February 2017. A unanimous jury found the defendant guilty-as-charged of second degree murder and attempted armed robbery with a firearm. In response to the conviction, District Attorney Phillip Terrell stated, “This was a particularly brutal case perpetrated by a violent defendant who showed no remorse. I am happy that we were able to provide some much needed closure to the Melton family who stuck with our office throughout the prosecution of this case.” The case was prosecuted by Christopher Bowman and Johnny Giordano, Rapides Parish Assistant District Attorneys. The defendant will be sentenced on May 3rd. On that day, Judge Beard will give the defendant the automatic life sentence required by Louisiana law. Additionally, the defendant can receive a sentence of not less than 10 nor more than 54 and a half years on the Attempted Armed Robbery with a Firearm conviction.

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Personal Message from District Attorney Phillip Terrell To The Citizens Of Rapides Parish In this time of national emergency and uncertainty, I want to assure each of you that my office will remain open and operating and is here to assist each of you. If any of you or your family members should encounter: 1) Price gouging; 2) Financial scams; or 3) Any other fraudulent activity related to the COVID-19 crisis; I have set up our office email,, to serve as a hotline for you to report such activity. My office will immediately coordinate the appropriate response with the appropriate law enforcement agency be it Federal or State. Together as a community, and with God’s help, the good people of Rapides Parish will get through this. Please be courteous and respectful to everyone and let’s take care of each other. Fear Can Not Survive, Where Faith Exists. God Bless Phillip


District Attorney Phillip Terrell and his staff want the citizens of Rapides Parish to understand that during this crisis his office can be reached through following numbers: Main Office Number 318.473.6650 Main Office Fax Number 318.442.9276 IV-D Child Support Office 318.442.9200 IV-D Child Support Fax Number 318.442.9286 Victims Support Services 318.625.3392 Victim Support Services Fax Number 318.704.6077 The Office of the District Attorney can also be reached through our FaceBook Page at and our web site at


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