Los Angeles Child Support Services
Los Angeles Child Support Services – Most of this information is directly copied off of the Child support services website.
I have so many clients that ask me how to open a child Support case in California. I’m copying this for you from their website. It is just instructions of what they can and can’t do. I highly recommend using them for child support matters. Look up the nearest one to you and walk in, plan to spend the day there. If you are due child support, they are your best bet to get it.
“There are 49 child support agencies across California that establish and enforce child support and medical support orders. Either parent or any guardian of a child can open a child support case, whether or not there is an existing child support order, and a case is automatically opened when a child receives public assistance. All case services are handled at this county or regional level and all child support-related questions should be first routed to the agency in your county or region of residence.
Having a case with Child Support Services creates a record of all child support payments, provides a neutral go-between for parents, and can help both parents avoid court and assist with navigating the child support system. Child Support Services staff act in the public interest and do not represent either side of a child support case. A complete list of services provided can be found at https://childsupport.ca.gov/overview/
These services are provided at little or no cost.
If you are thinking of opening a case, or have been named in a child support case, contact them right away. Your local agency can help both of you know what to expect, and will work with you to make the child support process as stress-free as possible. They can even help you work out an agreement for child support and avoid court.
Services Provided by County and Regional Child Support Offices
County and regional child support agencies provide a variety of child support services to help parents fulfill their responsibilities to their child(ren).
These offices provide the following services:
Establishing paternity (fatherhood)
Requesting child support orders from the court
Requesting medical support orders from the court
Enforcing child and spousal support orders
Modifying child support orders
Collecting and sending child support
These offices do not:
Handle custody or visitation matters
Obtain or enforce restraining orders
Establish spousal support orders”