South Carolina Child Support

South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS)

Mission Statement

“To enable both parents to provide the financial support and family engagement that children deserve and need to thrive.

  • Every child is important.
  • People should be treated with dignity and respect. This includes our customers and our staff.
  • Accountability is essential and is key to achieving our goals.
  • Employees are equipped with proper resources and training.
  • The organization will manage by data not by anecdote.
  • The organization will foster a culture of excellence that instills a passion for our customers.
  • The organization promotes an environment where employees can reach their full potential.” — DSS

Overview

If you live in South Carolina and have children, you may be required to pay child support. Child support is the financial contribution that a non-custodial parent makes to help cover the costs of their child’s upbringing. In South Carolina, child support orders are typically issued by Family Court.

Child support payments are generally based on the income of the non-custodial parent, as well as the number of children they are responsible for. In South Carolina, child support payments must be made until the child turns 18 years old (or 19 if they are still attending high school full-time). However, in some cases, child support payments may continue after a child turns 18.

If you are ordered to pay child support in South Carolina, it is important that you make your payments on time and in full. If you do not, you may be subject to penalties.

If you are having difficulty making your child support payments, you should contact the South Carolina Department of Social Services’ Office of Child Support Enforcement. They may be able to help you work out a payment plan or make other arrangements.

South Carolina child support laws are designed to ensure that children receive the financial support they need from both parents. If you have questions about child support, or if you are having difficulty making your payments, please contact the South Carolina Department of Social Services’ Office of Child Support Enforcement or utilize our resources for help.

South Carolina DSS

Integrated Child Support Services, Department of Social Services
PO Box 1469
Columbia, South Carolina 29202-1469
Office: (803) 898-9210
Fax: (803) 898-9201
Customer Service: (800) 768-5858

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