If you are a parent who needs help with providing financial support for your child, you may be eligible for child support through the California Department of Child Support Services (DCSS). In order to apply for Child Support in California, you must meet certain eligibility requirements and provide the necessary documentation to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be a resident of California.
  • The child shall be under 18 years of age.
  • The child must not be married.
  • The child must not be emancipated.

How to Apply for Child Support in California

If you are a parent or guardian of a child in California and need help with the costs of raising them, you may be eligible for child support from the other parent or guardian. To apply for child support in California, you will need to fill out the necessary paperwork and submit it to the California Department of Child Support Services (DCSS). Follow the Step by Step about the process.

Step 1: Gather the Necessary Information

Before you can apply for child support, you need to gather the necessary information, including details about both parents and any other legal guardians, and your child’s birth certificate. You will also need to provide the DCSS with proof of income for each parent, such as pay stubs, tax returns, and other financial documents. Some of the most requested documents are:

  • Identity proof of your and the other parent’s identity.
  • Proof of residency for you and the other parent.
  • Social security numbers for you and the other parent.
  • Proof of income for you and the other parent.
  • Proof of paternity if applicable.

Step 2: Complete the Application

Next, you will need to complete the application for child support services from the DCSS. You can fill out the application online or download a paper copy and mail it in. Be sure to fill out the form completely and accurately, as any mistakes or omissions could result in a delay in processing your application.

Additional Information

Download the Child Support California Application Form, complete it and bring it to your local office.


Application Form Child Support California CA

You can also complete the Online Form provided by the California DCSS website.


Apply For Child Support California Online

Apply Online For Child Support California

Application Online Child Support California

Step 3: Submit the Application

Once your application is completed, you can submit it by mail or in person at your local DCSS office. If you submit it online, you may be able to receive a response more quickly.

Step 4: Receive and Respond to Notices

Once your application has been received and processed, you will receive a notice from the DCSS that outlines the terms of the child support agreement. It is important that you read and understand the notice before signing it and returning it to the DCSS. You may also be asked to attend a court hearing to discuss the terms of the agreement and if they need additional information.

Step 5: Make Payments

Once the child support agreement is finalized, you will be required to make regular payments to the DCSS. Payments can be made online, by mail, or in person at a local DCSS office.

Step 6: Request Modifications

If your circumstances change, such as a change in income or a change in the child’s needs. You might be able to request a modification of the child support agreement.. You will need to submit a written request to the DCSS and be prepared to provide proof of your new circumstances.