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What is Child Support?

A Family Law action must be filed before the issue of child support can be addressed. If the parents are married, either the mother or the father must first file:

  • Dissolution of marriage
  • Legal separation
  • Nullity of marriage
  • Petition for custody and support of minor children
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Order

If the parents are unmarried, either the mother or the father must file:

  • Petition to establish the parental relationship
  • Petition for Custody and support of minor children
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Order
There is no legal obligation to pay child support from one parent to the other until there is a court order. A court order is obtained by requesting a hearing or obtaining a judgment.

Once a famiy law action has been filed, the Court can address the issue of child support in said case.

Child support issues may also be raised through an action initiated by the Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department.

For information on child support services, go to the Los Angeles County Department of Child Support Services website.

The office of the Family Law Facilitator assists self-represented parties with child support, spousal support and health insurance issues. The staff provides legal information and education to help parties complete their paperwork and represent themselves in their cases. The staff does not give legal advice nor does it represent a party in a case or at a hearing. There is no confidentiality or attorney-client relationship created between the office and a party.

For information on how the Family Law Facilitator can assist, go to the Family Law Facilitator.
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