Going to Court
Frequently Asked Questions
- How is the amount of child support determined?
Child support is determined using guidelines established by California law. The most important factors are:
- each parent's monthly income
- the amount of time the child spends with each parent.
- How can I get my child support amount changed?
Contact DCSS to request the order be reviewed for a modification. Either parent can request a modification review.
- What do I do if I cannot attend my hearing date?
Contact the other party, and then DCSS, to determine if they will agree to a continuance.
- Does the custodial party have to appear at the court hearing?
It is strongly recommended that the custodial party appear at the court hearing in order to provide information.
- Will I have an attorney representing me in court?
DCSS does not represent either party.
You are welcome to hire your own attorney, but you are not required to.
- How long will my hearing take?
Your hearing may take between two and four hours.
- What documents should I bring to the hearing?
Click on the following link for information about going to court.
- Can I bring my present spouse/ friend?
You may bring your present spouse or friend for moral support. However, DCSS will only discuss the case with you and the other party. Your present spouse or friend will not be allowed to participate in any case negotiations.
- Can I bring my children?
DCSS does not provide childcare services. The courtrooms will not allow anyone under 18 years old to attend the hearing. DCSS strongly encourages parents to make childcare arrangements during the court hearing.