California’s Child Support Services Program
“works with parents – custodial and noncustodial – and guardians to ensure children and families receive court-ordered financial and medical support. Child support services are available to the general public through a network of 51 county and regional child support agencies (LCSAs).” — DCSS
Child support is a court-ordered payment made by a non-custodial parent to a custodial parent for the support of a child. The amount of child support is typically set by state guidelines, which consider the incomes of both parents and the needs of the child.
California has specific guidelines that must be used to calculate child support. The California Child Support Guideline Calculator can be used to estimate the amount of child support that will be owed.
If you are a parent who is owed child support, you have a few options for collecting the payments in California. You can request that your local child support agency help you collect the payments, or you can hire a private attorney to assist you. You may also be able to file a request with the court to have the other parent’s wages garnished in order to collect the payments.
If you are a parent who is responsible for paying child support, it is important to make your payments on time and in full. California offers a number of payment options to help make paying child support easier, including online payments and income withholding.
Child support can be a complex issue, so it is important to seek out professional assistance if you have any questions or concerns.
California Child Support Services Contact Information
Dept.of Child Support Services
PO Box 419064, Mail Station – 100
Rancho Cordova, California 95741-9064
Customer Service: 1 (866) 249-0773