South Carolina Child Support Enforcement

South Carolina Child Support Enforcement

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In order to enforce child support payments in South Carolina an individual who is not receiving funds as ordered may be able to contact the Department of Social Services for assistance. DSS may be able to help locate and contact the the parent who is not paying and, if necessary, deduct funds from their paycheck on a weekly/biweekly/monthly basis so that the funds are automatically received.

How to File a Complaint

In South Carolina, parents must pay child support in accordance with the child support order as issued by the court of original jurisdiction, even if the court order is from an out of state court, until the child support order is modified or terminated. Child support orders are enforced across state lines by the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.

In order to apply for services, a parent must first fill out an application completely and accurately and then send it to the following address with the requisite fees:

South Carolina Department of Social Services
Child Support Services Division
P.O. Box 1469
Columbia, South Carolina 29202-1469

How to Fill-in

Step 1Download the form (Adobe PDF).

Download (PDF, 45KB)

Step 2: Read the instructions on the first page and read and sign the agreement on the second page.  Be sure to get witnesses.

Step 3:  In Part I, enter the following information about the custodial parent:

  • Your Name
  • SSN
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Current Marital Status
  • Place of Birth
  • Birthdate
  • Residential Address
  • Telephone numbers
  • E-Mail Address
  • Mailing Address
  • Your Employer’s Name
  • Work Telephone
  • Address
  • Work Start Time
  • Work End Time
  • If Currently Married, Spouse’s Name/Address
  • Place of Marriage
  • Date of Marriage
  • If not currently married, have you ever been married?
  • Name of Former Spouse
  • Date and Place of Marriage
  • If Divorced, Date and Place of Divorce

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

  • Name
  • Sex
  • Race
  • SSN
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Driver’s License Number
  • Driver’s License Date
  • Driver’s License State
  • Current Marital Status
  • Last School Attended by NCP
  • Address
  • Residential Address
  • Is this address current?
  • Date Last Lived There
  • Home Telephone
  • Give directions to and a description of the NCP’s home
  • Mailing Address
  • Phone numbers
  • E-Mail Address
  • Type of Employment
  • Is the NCP currently employed?
  • Employer’s Name
  • Work Telephone
  • Employer’s Address
  • Date Last Worked
  • What is the NCP’s monthly salary?
  • Shift Worked
  • Usual Occupation
  • Other Skills
  • Please list the names and addresses of any other past employers
  • What are the names, addresses and phone numbers of the non-custodial parent’s parents?
  • NCP’s Height
  • Weight
  • Hair Color
  • Eye Color
  • Identifying Mark/Scars
  • Does the NCP have a police record?
  • Arrest Date
  • Offense
  • Where arrested?
  • Incarceration Date
  • Release Date
  • Incarceration Location
  • Armed Forces Status
  • VA Service Number
  • Armed Forces Branch
  • Armed Forces Entry Date
  • Armed Forces Discharge Date
  • Does the NCP have income other than employment income?
  • If yes, source of income: Amount
  • Does the NCP have any bank accounts/assets?
  • Name of Banks, Account Numbers,  Type
  • Assets
  • Does the NCP own any property (real estate, car, etc)?
  • Please list type and location
  • What is the name of the insurer with whom the NCP has medical insurance coverage?
  • Carrier Name: Type of Insurance: Policy Number:

Step 5: Enter the following information about the case:

  • Do you have an attorney actively seeking support?
  • If yes, attorney’s name
  • Do you have a previous court order established?
  • If yes, provide support order number
  • Name of Court and location
  • Amount of Support
  • If you do not have a court order, does the NCP pay voluntarily?
  • Frequency of Support
  • Date Last Payment Received
  • Support Method: D-Direct to You C-Through the Court
  • Effective Date of Support Order
  • Are you willing to submit to a paternity test?
  • To pay the cost of such test?

Step 6: Enter the following information about each child:

  • Child’s Name
  • Sex
  • Race
  • SSN
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Has paternity been established for this child?
  • What is your relationship to this child?
  • Were the parents married at the time of the child’s birth?
  • If Married: Date of Marriage: Place: If Divorced: Date: Place:

Step 7: Answer paternity questions if applicable

What Can DSS Do

If a parent doesn’t pay child support as ordered, then DSS can take a number of steps to enforce the payments including, income withholding, license revocation, federal and state tax refund offset and liens on assets.

Contact DSS

South Carolina Department of Social Services
Child Support Services Division
P.O. Box 1469
Columbia, South Carolina 29202-1469

Central Inquiry: (803) 898-9210/1-800-768-5858 Financial Services: (803) 898-9210/1-800-768-6779
Columbia Regional Office: (803) 898-9282 Charleston Regional Office: (843) 953-9700
Tax Intercept Unit: (803) 898-9314/1-800-922-0852 Florence Regional Office: (843) 661-4750
or 1-888-454-5360
Greenville Regional Office: (864) 282-4650