Getting Ready for Your Court Hearing
File all your documents with the Superior Court*
*Sending your documents to DCSS does NOT file them with the court.
1. Complete the court required Income and Expense Declaration form
- Attach last two months’ paystubs and most recent tax return or W-2
self-employed, attach most recent profit and loss statement and tax
return with Schedule C.
2. Mail or drop off documents at the Court Business Office:
Dept 802/803/804 Hearings
1100 Union Street 4th Floor
San Diego, CA 92101
Dept 34 Hearings
North County Regional Center
325 South Melrose 1st floor
Vista, CA 92081
3. Or, E-file your documents:
- If you have an Odyssey eFileCA account, sign in here.
- To register for an Odyssey eFileCA account, click here.
Need help preparing documents for e-filing? Click
Pre-Court Meeting by Phone or Video (Required by Court)
- Morning court hearings: Meetings will be between 8 AM and 12 PM one week before the court date.
- Afternoon court hearings: Meetings will be between 1 PM and 5 PM one week before the court date.
Please make sure DCSS has your current phone number and email address.
Can't make it to your meeting?
PLEASE CONTACT DCSS AT 866-901-3212 TO RESCHEDULE OR UPDATE YOUR INFO.
Check your paperwork to find your court department number.
803 or 34* hearings:
- ALL parties may appear remotely (video REQUIRED) or in person.
- If you choose to appear virtually, please complete and file the Notice of Remote Appearance (RA-010) form 10 court days before the hearing.
- For remote appearances, use the links below to go to MS Teams.
* If you choose to appear in person in Department 34, please be aware the Commissioner will not be present in person but will preside by a video connection to the courtroom.
Dept. 802 or 804 hearings:
- ALL parties are required to appear in person.
- Unable to appear in person? File the NOTICE OF REMOTE APPEARANCE (RA-010)
form 10 court days before the hearing.
Notice of an Ex Parte hearing may be given to the Department of Child Support Services using any of the following methods:
Personal Delivery: A copy of all ex parte hearing documents,
including the date and time for the hearing, may be delivered to our
reception staff at any of our locations. Please see our website for
branch locations and times.
Email Delivery: A copy of all ex parte hearing documents,
including the date and time for the hearing, may be emailed to: email@example.com. All ex
parte hearing documents must be attached to your email for valid
notice. You will receive a reply confirming receipt of your
- Telephonic Notice: Call DCSS at 866-901-3212 and provide the date, time, and relief requested for the ex parte hearing. In addition, all ex parte hearing documents must be forwarded to the Department of Child Support Services by personal or email delivery as specified above.
Ex Parte notice and requests for relief must comply with San Diego Family Law Local Rule 5.3.1
NEW! EMAIL (ELECTRONIC) SERVICE ON DCSS NOW AVAILABLE!
Email (Electronic) Service
Parties may electronically serve* the County of San Diego, Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) in cases where:
1. DCSS has previously appeared in the court action; and
2. The document or notice could be served by mail, express mail, overnight delivery, or facsimile transmission.
NOTE: Electronic service cannot be used for documents or notices that require personal service, or service by registered or certified mail.
If you have question or wish to discuss your case, please contact your DCSS Case Manager, call 866-901-3212, chat live or meet virtually with us.
*As authorized under Code of Civil Procedure § 1010.6
Pre-Court Hearing Meeting (Meet and Confer)
Before your hearing, you will meet with a DCSS staff member to discuss your case before going to court for the hearing. If an attorney represents you, your attorney must be present. During this meeting you will:
- Discuss the case and provide any updated information.
- Try to reach an agreement regarding the child support matters. If you reach an agreement, all parties will sign the agreement and you will not need to go to court.
- If a full agreement can't be reached, you will appear in court.
The Court Hearing
The DCSS attorney presents the case to the court, including each party’s position and informs the court of any issues that were not resolved.
The Commissioner will review the facts of the case and complete a calculation of support based on your income and visitation with the child(ren).
Based on the calculation and the additional information provided, the Commissioner will make a decision, and a judgment will be made.
(NOTE: If the Commissioner feels that more information is needed, they will re-schedule the court hearing to allow the parties to return to court with information required for the court to make a decision on the issues.)
Request a Continuance
If you will miss your court hearing, you need to contact DCSS soon as possible. You should also contact the other party to request their permission to continue the hearing.
There is no guarantee that the hearing will be continued. The court may proceed even though you are not there.