Apply for Child Support Online
Submit your child support application electronically.
It's easy, secure, and no-cost.
Just complete and submit the application, and a county child support professional will contact you.
Frequently Asked Questions
After a case is opened, how long does it take to receive child support payments?
The length of time to receive child support payments varies by case.
For instance, a case that needs an order established may take longer to receive payments than a case opening from a divorce action.
How can I obtain a copy of my court order?
You will need to request a copy of your order from the County of San Diego Superior Court Clerk's. Please access their website to determine which location has your court case file.
Why did the HHSA office refer my case to DCSS?
If a child is receiving cash aid, a referral is automatically sent to DCSS.
Can DCSS establish an order if I don't know where the noncustodial
parent is working?
Yes, DCSS will still be able to establish an order.
Does DCSS provide legal help with child custody or visitation?
Through a federal grant, DCSS does have the ability to help eligible parents get a custody and visitation order along with their initial child support order. For more information, click here.
If parents already have a visitation order, and it needs to be changed, you may contact the Family Law Facilitator for assistance.
Can DCSS help me with Supervised Visitation?
No. You will need to review the Visitation Monitors Program Resource List.
I am paying child support, but now I have the custody of my child. Can I
close my case & stop paying?
Contact DCSS for information about case closure.
How can I contact my child? I pay child support but don't know how to
contact my child.
DCSS is unable to release personal information or forward items from one parent to another.
How can I re-open my case?
To re-open your case, click here to access the electronic application.