The Role of DCSS

The California Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) works with parents and guardians, whether or not they are custodial or non-custodial. The goal of DCSS is to ensure children and families receive the deserved financial and medical support that the courts have mandated.

Services the DCSS provides include:
–        Locating a parent
–        Establishing paternity
–        Establishing, modifying and enforcing a court order for child support or health coverage

In years past, it could, at times, be very difficult to get in touch with some parents to collect child support. However, California’s child support program is now using technology that connects with local child support agencies, courts, county health and human services entities, employers and various state and federal agencies. With this technology, DCSS has an expanded ability to locate parents, helping children and parents receive mandated services in a more timely manner.

Stockdale Law Firm has significant experience with child support matters (both private and working with the Department of Child Support Services). In addition to advocating your interests regarding your child support case, we can review support calculations to estimate what guideline child support may be in your case. If you would like to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced Firm’s attorneys to learn how we can help you with your child support matter, please contact us.

For additional information about DCSS, please visit the following pages on their website:
Child Support Services – Services the department offers to parents and guardians to help meet your responsibilities to your children.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Answers to the questions most frequently asked.

California Child Support Publications – General information about California’s child support services program and child support laws.

Ombudsperson Program – Information about the Ombudsperson Program, which helps parents, employers, and the community to resolve child support issues and they give valuable information about the child support services program.

Paternity Opportunity Program (POP) – Provides information on how unmarried parents can legally establish paternity (father of the child) without going to court.


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