If you cannot apply online, you can request a physical application from the Child Support Division.
Keep in mind, mailed applications take longer to process than online applications.
Call (800) 252-8014 to receive a form in the mail.
How do you file for child support?
If you are filing a Complaint to Establish Paternity or a Complaint for Support-Custody-Visitation, you must file it in the county where the child lives.
Follow these steps
- Serve the papers.
- Make a “return of service.”
- Get a court date for a hearing for a Temporary Support Order.
- Prepare and file the financial papers.
How do I start a child support case?
The Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) will take the following steps to service your case:
- Step 1: Open a child support case.
- Step 2: Locate the noncustodial parent (NCP)
- Step 3: Establish paternity.
- Step 4: File a support order.
- Step 5: Set-up payment.
- Step 6: Enforce the support order.
- Step 7: Review the order.
How do I pay my child support online in California?
It may take three or four days for your payment to be posted to your child support account.
- Pay by Phone: Call 1-866-901-3212 (option 1).
- Pay by Mail: If your case is managed by a Local Child Support Agency, you can mail a check or money order to: CA SDU, PO BOX 989067, West Sacramento, CA 95798-9067.
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How long does it take to get child support?
How long will it take to establish a child support order? A: Once the noncustodial parent has been located, the Department of Human Services Division of Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) has 90 days to establish a court order. The actual time varies, depending on local court availability and scheduling.
How much will I have to pay in child support?
By taking your “adjusted” gross income, the court then multiplies it by the guideline percentage for the number of children for which you must support. So if your annual income is $15,000, and you have one child to support, you will be paying 17% of your income.
What documents do I need for child support?
Proof of paternity, such as an affidavit or the results of a DNA test. Social Security cards for yourself and each of your children. Proof of income, such as recent pay stubs and/or W-2 forms. Evidence of recent child support payments and/or arrears statements.
Do you need a lawyer for child support?
So when a court orders you to pay child support, you need to pay it, unless you can show a very compelling reason not to. Child support payments are set by state family law courts. If you hire a lawyer to reduce your payments, he or she will file a petition (legal paperwork) asking the court for a reduction.
How do I file for full custody?
Part 2 Filing for Full Custody
- Consider hiring an attorney.
- Locate the appropriate court.
- Complete the necessary forms.
- Review your forms.
- File the forms.
- Serve the other party.
- Wait for an answer.
- Take part in mediation.
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