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This section provides an overview of the child support court process and addresses most common questions and concerns.
Both parents will be notified of their assigned court date by phone, through the mail and/or by personal service. Some cases can be settled without having to go to court. If parties would like to settle their case without going to court, they should contact DCSS well in advance of the scheduled court date. If the case cannot be settled, parties will need to appear for the scheduled court hearing.
What to Bring
If the case involves determining what amount to pay for support, then you must file a completed Income and Expense Declaration (FL150) with the court and serve it on DCSS and all other parties to the action. You must also attach the following:
- Your prior year’s W-2 and last two months paycheck stubs or,
- Year-to-date profit-and-loss statement and your IRS 1040 tax returns (with Schedule C or C-EZ) filed with the IRS the last two years if self-employed or are an independent contractor
The following information may also be helpful at your hearing:
- Proof of health insurance costs
- Proof of child care and/or uncovered medical expenses
- Proof of support you pay in another case
- Proof of disability and/or disability benefits, if applicable
- Proof of incarceration and/or current rehabilitation status, if applicable
- Proof of timeshare (time you spend with the child(ren))
- Proof of custody, if applicable
Please understand that your Income and Expense Declaration, proof of income and anything you would like the court to consider must be filed with the Court and served on the DCSS and all other parties in the action prior to your scheduled court hearing.
If you reside out of state or in Northern California or you are disabled, it may be possible to participate in the court hearing by telephone. Click here for information about telephonic hearings.
Most hearings will take place downtown at the Central Courthouse. However, hearings related to existing Department of Child Support Services cases in which both parties reside in northern San Diego County could be scheduled at the Vista Courthouse (see address below). Please use the below form to determine the location of your hearing.