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Opening A Child Support Case:
Your local child support agency provides services to parents, guardians and caretakers of minor children. You may start the paperwork to establish paternity when you are pregnant, however, your local child support agency can only open and pursue the case AFTER the child is born.
Public Assistance Cases:
If you are receiving public assistance (CALWORKs or FosterCare), we will open a case when we receive a referral from the county welfare department that is providing assistance. The referral is automatic. Completing an application is not necessary.
Non-Public Assistance Cases:
We will open a case when you complete an application for services. There are 3 easy ways to get an application:
- Come into our office to pick up an application
- Print an application and submit to our office in person or by mail
- Apply online Using TurboCourt (Preferred Method)
NOTICE - $25 ANNUAL SERVICE FEE
Beginning October 1, 2011, and every October 1 thereafter, DCSS will assess a $25 Annual Service Fee to all non-welfare cases that meet the criteria for assessment. The service fee will be withheld from the non-welfare custodial party’s child support payment(s) until the $25 is fully recovered. Although the first disbursement(s) paid to the custodial party on or after October 1 will be reduced by $25, the NCP will get full credit for the amount of the collection received.
For more information about the $25 service fee, click on the link to the California Department of Child Support Services.
Apply online Using TurboCourt:
TurboCourt is a FREE web-based service that assists you in preparing the forms needed in order to open a child support case, or request a modification of a child support order. With this service you will be able to submit completed forms electronically to your local child support agency. Upon submission, you will receive electronic confirmation based on your user preferences (you will either get an email or you've told us that you will login often to see the status of your forms). When the local child support agency accepts your forms, you must log into TurboCourt to get copies of your forms.
Although you can file an application for services in any county, we recommend you apply in the county where you live so that the local child support agency in your county can take all actions that may be appropriate for your case. Click the link below to begin using TurboCourt now.
TurboCourt Link - English TurboCourt Link - Español
Correct Information Will Help Process Your Case:
Please provide as much of the followiing information as possible about you, your minor child(ren) and the other parent.
- Full legal names and any other names used
- Dates of birth
- Birth certificates
- Marriage certificates
- Social Security numbers
- Employment information, including employment history
- Income and assets (property, cars, boats)
- Child support payment records
- Copies of all existing court orders (temporary or final), including child support orders, legal divorce documents, visitation orders, restraining orders, and any other orders involving your child(ren).