Working With The California Department Of Child Support Services

“Life is not a solo act. It’s a huge collaboration,
and we all need to assemble around us the people
who care about us and support us in times of strife.”
Tim Gunn

For years the state of California had a variety of supporting, complementing, and sometimes overlapping agencies in order to help enforce child support orders. In 1999, all of those agencies were consolidated into one state agency called California Department of Child Support Services (DCSS).

What Does The DCSS Do?

According to their website, the work of the DCSS is defined this way, “California’s Child Support Services Program works with parents custodial and noncustodial – and guardians to ensure children and families receive court-ordered financial and medical support. Child support services are available to the general public through a network of 51 county and regional child support agencies (Local Child Support Agencies or LCSA’s).”

How Does The DCSS Work?

The California Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) provides a number of services to help enforce child support and process complaints. The DCSS works with local courts, county health and human services organizations, LCSA’s, and a number of other agencies in order to quickly and efficiently serve families in need of child support orders enforcement. In working with these various agencies and organizations the DCSS offers a few specific child support-related services, which includes:

  • Locating a parent
  • Establishing paternity
  • Establishing, modifying and enforcing a court order for child support
  • Establishing, modifying and enforcing an order for health coverage

Where Do I Start?

If your ex-spouse has not been paying the child support ordered by the court, the appropriate measure is to try to have it legally enforced. The DCSS can help, but both you and your ex-spouse will need to have legal representation when your case is heard. Not all divorce attorneys understand the nuances of representing clients in DCSS case. In attempting to locate an ex-spouse, establish paternity, enforce child support or needed medical care for your children, your first step should be to contact a knowledgeable and experienced attorney.

Attorney Ann A. Thomson represents child support payers, payees, men, women, custodial and non-custodial parents in Orange County DCSS cases. Contact the Law Office of Ann A. Thomson (Seal Beach family law attorney) today.


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