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California Child Support Resources

Child Support Q&A for Single Parents in California


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Are you considering filing for child support or requesting a modification in California? The following "Frequently Asked Questions" will help you learn more about the process as you prepare to request California child support:

How Do I Locate My Local California Child Support Agency?

California child support resources can be found both online and at your local child support enforcement agency.

How Can I File for California Child Support?

In California, you can apply for child support right from the Department of Child Support Services web site. The following steps will help you establish a child support order in California:
  1. Become familiar with California’s child support guidelines.

  2. Optional: Use the California Child Support Calculator to estimate the amount of child support you will receive.

  3. Print an application for California child support services.

  4. Follow up with your local Child Support Agency.

  5. Once your child support order has been established, sign up online to receive payments via direct deposit or electronic pay cards.

Where Can I Access Additional California Child Support Resources?

There are several federal and state resources which may be helpful to you, including:
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