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IMPERIAL COUNTY

Department of Child Support Services

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Our Vision

The Child Support Enforcement Program will put children first by helping parents assume responsibility for the economic and social well-being, health and stability of their children. We recognize the value of improved relationships with both parents.

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Child Support Services is to promote the well-being of children and the self-sufficiency of families by delivering first-rate child support establishment, collection, and distribution services that help both parents meet the financial, medical, and emotional needs of their children.

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Overview

A child support case is opened by the non-custodial parent or custodial party by completing an application. You can request by phone a packet be sent to you by regular mail or you can come by the office to obtain an application packet.

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Customer Connect

Customer Connect is California Child Support’s self-service platform, giving you 24-7 access to the information you need about your case.

Court Process

  •     Main Courthouse    
  •     Quick Tips    
  •     What to Expect at Court?    
  •     Common Court Forms   
    Main Courthouse    
Imperial County Superior Court

Imperial County Superior Court

If you have a divorce or custody or visitation rights procedure, your child support hearings are likely to be held in the main courthouse building of the Superior Court of California for Imperial County, located at:

Imperial County Superior Court

939 W. Main St. 

El Centro, California 92243

Because of this, it is recommended that you always check with the court clerk’s office for the building in which your hearing will be held.

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Quick Tips for Court

  • There is security screening when entering the building. Don’t bring weapons or items generally considered dangerous.
  • DON’T BE LATE: If you miss roll call, your hearing may proceed without you or be delayed.
  • Dress appropriately, we recommend business attire.
  • We can arrange for a Spanish interpreter if needed.
  • It’s best not to bring children to the hearing.
  • You may bring additional documents you want presented at your hearing. However, you are encouraged to provide the Department of Child Support Services with your most recent/updated income and timeshare information prior to your court hearing in order to allow the Department of Child Support Services time to review your case.
    What to Expect at Court?    

What to Expect at Court?

  • Court will start session with Roll Call to find out who is present. Simple cases are sometimes resolved at this point.
  • After Roll Call, DCSS staff may speak with parties (you) privately to discuss your case.
  • If the parties reach an agreement, our staff may prepare a legal Stipulation. Once signed by all parties, the hearing may be dismissed.
  • If the parties cannot reach an agreement, they will have a hearing and a chance to speak with the commissioner.
  • Court can sometimes last all day. Please be prepared to be in court until the end of the day.

Payment Information

Arrears Estimator

Watch how adding an extra $25 to $50 to your usual monthly payment can decrease your balance faster!

The Arrears Estimator is a valuable tool that will allow you to compare how the length of time and total interest paid are affected by differing monthly payment amounts. Just watch how adding an extra $25 to $50 to your usual monthly payment can significantly decrease the total amount you pay in interest, as well as decreasing the amount of time you are making payments on the past due child support owed.

This calculation represents an estimate for paying off past due child support in California. It should not be used for any other purpose. This is only an ESTIMATE!

Contact Information

Our office hours are 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday to Friday

2795 S 4th. Street

El Centro, CA 92243
(866) 901-3212
(442) 265-4891

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