During a California divorce, if you also file for child custody and child support, you should always open a case with Department of Child Support Services (DCSS).
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California Child Support Services
California Child Support Services primary purpose is to collect child support payments for families. Various activities are undertaken to achieve this objective including; locating parents obligated to pay support, establishing parentage, obtaining child support court orders, including health insurance, and collecting payments pursuant to court orders for support.
California Child Support Services Enforcement
Should one parent ever fail to pay child support, they will be subject to the following actions:
- Non-renewal of passports
- Suspension of drivers’ license.
- Suspension of Professional licenses.
- Garnishment of unemployment checks.
Open a California Child Support Services Case
A case can be opened in one of three ways: (1) when a family begins receiving CalWORKs or MediCal benefits; (2) when a parent is absent from the home; (3) or by establishing legal parentage by filing an action in Court.
The purpose of Child Support is to help the primary parent care for the child and costs involved raising the child. While Child Support is based on the parents’ incomes, it is collected with the understanding that the custodial parent is providing for their child’s needs. The custodial parent is the recipient of the payments that are to be used for caring and bringing up the Child.
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