California Child Support Enforcement

In order to enforce a child support order in California, a custodial parent seeking enforcement may file an application for services with his or her local office of the California Department of Child Support Services (DCSS). The Department of Child Support Services performs a number of functions including locating a parent, establishing paternity, establishing, modifying or enforcing a court order for child support and estalishing, modifying or enforcing an order for health insurance coverage for children.

How to File a Complaint

In California, you need to file an application with your Local Child Support Agency office in order to obtain child support services.

How to Fill-in

Step 1Download Application

Download (PDF, 23KB)

Step 2 – Enter the following information in black ink about yourself:

  • Name
  • Check whether member of a tribe
  • Maiden Name if any
  • Name of current spouse, if any
  • Relationship to children
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Social Security Number
  • Race
  • Drivers License No.
  • Birthdate
  • Place of Birth
  • Employer
  • Employer Address
  • Job Title
  • Whether health insurance is available for the children
  • Gross monthly income
  • Whether child support has been order and by whom
  • Marital information
  • Whether you or the child is under an order of protection
  • Information about services received

Step 3 – Enter the following information about the children for whom you are seeking services:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Social Security Number
  • Place of Birth
  • Whether child is living with parent

Step 4 – Enter the following information about the non custodial parent

  • Name
  • Whether member of a tribe
  • Name of current spouse
  • Relationship to children
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Social Security Number
  • Driver License Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Gender
  • Whether in jail or on parole
  • Physical description
  • Name and address of present employer
  • Name and address of past employer
  • Occupation
  • In military?
  • In a union?
  • Other sources of income
  • Current spouse or other relative and address
  • Names and addresses of parents of non custodial parent
  • Services received by non custodial parent
  • Whether the non custodial parent has been in the military
  • Whether the non custodial parent owns a car and description
  • Marital status
  • Whether non custodial parent is represented by an attorney

Step 5 – Check the box showing which services you are looking for

Step 6 – Print and Sign and Send to your Local Child Support Agency office

What the DCSS Can Do

The California Department of Child Support Services can take a number of actions to enforce an existing child support order including the following:

  • Interception of State or federal income tax refunds
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Workers’ compensation benefits
  • State disability benefits
  • Lottery winnings
  • Withholding wages from paychecks
  • Bank levies (attaching bank accounts)
  • License suspensions
  • Levies on property
  • Passport denial

Contact the Department of Child Support Services

  • Mailing Address – Department of Child Support Services
    P.O. Box 419064
    Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-9064
  • Website- www.childsup.ca.gov