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Opening a Child Support Case

Information You Can Provide to Help Your Case

Before you go into the Department of Child Support Services, try to gather and bring as much of the following information as possible:

· Full legal name, date of birth, address and phone number of the NCP (non-custodial parent)

· Current physical description or photograph of the NCP

· Social Security number of the NCP (you can find this by reviewing old pay stubs, income tax returns, credit or loan applications, bank checking or savings accounts, insurance or health records, or military or union records; if you don’t have one of these documents, but your name was also on the form, you can usually obtain a copy by writing to the appropriate agency)

· Name and address of current or most recent employer of the NCP

· Child(ren)’s birth certificate(s)

· Names of friends and relatives and organizations to which the NCP might belong

· Information pertaining to the NCP’s income and other assets (pay slips, tax returns, bank accounts, cars, boats, R.V.s, investments or property holdings)

· Your child support order, if you have one

· Your marriage license or certificate, if you have one

· Your divorce decree or separation agreement, if you have one

· Any information regarding health insurance for the child/ren

Non-TANF Cases

You can open a case with the Department of Child Support Services even if you are not currently receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) or Medi-Cal benefits. To open a non-TANF case with this office, you must complete an application, which is available upon request from our office. You may contact the Family Law Facilitator for assistance in completing the forms. The completed application and forms can be mailed or brought into our office.

TANF Cases or Medi-Cal Cases

A child support case is opened when a custodial party applies for and receives TANF or Medi-Cal benefits. The county Department of Social Services will refer the applicant to a Department of Child Support Services caseworker in the Social Services Department for an interview.