California is Moving to Paperless Payments!More InformationMore information about California is Moving to Paperless Payments!Electronic Payment CardCOVID-19 Service UpdatesCalifornia Child Support Services is prioritizing customer service to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. More InformationMore information about COVID-19 Service UpdatesMake a PaymentDid you know that as well as making payments online, you can use PayPal, PayNearMe and Moneygram? See the Payments Option page or click below to pay.More InformationMore information about Make a PaymentConsidering a Child Support Case?Are you thinking about opening a child support case? Sometimes you can avoid court completely - see the whole process with helpful videos. More InformationMore information about Considering a Child Support Case?Find a Child Support Office Near YouNot sure where your local child support agency is located? We can help. More InformationMore information about Find a Child Support Office Near YouCalculate Child SupportUse our Guideline Calculator to estimate the amount of child support that may be ordered in your case. More InformationMore information about Calculate Child SupportApply for Child Support ServicesThinking about opening a child support case? Whether you want to start the process or enforce an existing order, we can help!More InformationMore information about Apply for Child Support ServicesServices You May Need Drivers License Release, Stipulation Agreements to avoid court, and Debt Reduction are just a few of the services we offer to help with the child support process. More InformationMore information about Services You May Need Welcome to California Child Support Services Bienvenido a los Servicios de Child Support de California, para español, haga clic aquí There are 49 child support agencies across California that establish and enforce child support and medical support orders. Either parent or any guardian of a child can open a child support case, whether or not there is an existing child support order, and a case is automatically opened when a child receives public assistance. All case services are handled at this county or regional level and all child support-related questions should be first routed to the agency in your county or region of residence. Having a case with Child Support Services creates a record of all child support payments, provides a neutral go-between for parents, and can help both parents avoid court and assist with navigating the child support system. Child Support Services staff act in the public interest and do not represent either side of a child support case. A complete list of services provided can be found here; these services are provided at little or no cost. If you are thinking of opening a case, or have been named in a child support case, contact us right away. Your local agency can help both of you know what to expect, and will work with you to make the child support process as stress-free as possible. We can even help you work out an agreement for child support and avoid court. The 10 Steps of the Child Support Case Process* *If you already have a court order for child support and need to have that order enforced, you must first open a case with Child Support Services. Apply for Child Support Services Either parent can apply for support or open a child support services case, as can a child’s legal guardian. Locate the Parents if Necessary Before a child support order can be made, both parents of the child or children must be located. Summons & Complaint The parent being asked to pay will be legally notified that they are named in a child support case. Establish Legal Parentage If named in a case, you have the right to request proof of legal parentage and we will help you free of charge. Create a "Stipulated Agreement" If both parents can agree on an amount, they can avoid court by filing a “Stipulated Agreement.” Court Sets the Child Support Order A judge or commissioner reviews your information and decides on a child support amount. Begin Making Payments After a child support order is set, payments are scheduled to begin, usually by payroll deduction. Enforce the Child Support Order Parents who refuse to pay or delay paying their child support face enforcement actions and interest charges. Change the Child Support Order If either party has a change in circumstances after child support is set, they may qualify for “modification.” Closing a Child Support Case There are many reasons why a child support case can be closed.