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How Can I Collect Child Support?

Learn how the Division of Child Support (DCS), whose services are free, can help you set and collect child support. There is a locator service to help find parents who owe support. #3812EN

Child Support and License Suspension

DCS may suspend licenses of parents who are behind in their child support payments. The law allows DCS to suspend any license issued by the State of Washington, including drivers' licenses, hunting licenses, fishing licenses, professional licenses and contractor or occupational licenses. This explains your rights and obligations under the law. #3809EN

Do You Owe Child Support?

General information about how child support is set and your obligation to pay child support. #3810EN

How is Child Support Set?

An explanation of Washington State’s child support laws and how child support is set. We go over key parts of the state Child Support Schedule. #3816EN

Dealing with DCS: English is not my Native Language

Information about your rights to interpretation and translation services through DCS.

I have been served with papers to change my child support. What should I do?

Read this for help figuring out what to do next if you just received papers proposing to change your child support. #3813EN

What if an incarcerated parent has no income or assets to pay child support?

Incarcerated parents -- and people owed child support from incarcerated parents -- may now request a temporary reduction in their child support payments. This fact sheet explains who is eligible and how to make that request. #3830EN

COVID-19 and child support in Washington State

If you're having trouble paying child support because you lost your job due to the pandemic, read this. #3283EN

If You Want to Modify (Change) Your Child Support Court Order

Questions and answers about the laws that apply to changing a Washington State Child Support court order. #3814EN

I have been served with papers to change my child support. What should I do?

Read this for help figuring out what to do next if you just received papers proposing to change your child support. #3813EN

Tips for phone and video hearings

How to get ready for and conduct yourself during a remote hearing (over the phone or by video-conference). #9961EN

What if an incarcerated parent has no income or assets to pay child support?

Incarcerated parents -- and people owed child support from incarcerated parents -- may now request a temporary reduction in their child support payments. This fact sheet explains who is eligible and how to make that request. #3830EN

File a Motion to Adjust a Child Support Order

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. You may only file this motion in limited cases. Read the instructions carefully. Make sure this is the right packet for you. Packet #3221EN.

Respond to a Motion to Adjust a Child Support Court Order

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. This will help you file your response to the motion, ask the court for what you want, and prepare for your hearing. Packet #3223EN

File a petition to modify a child support court order

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Before using this packet, ask your county's Family Law Facilitator or Court Clerk if they have their own packet. If so, use theirs instead. Packet #3224EN

Finalize a Modification of a Child Support Court Order

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. You can use this packet whether you filed or responded to the petition. Packet #3229EN.

Respond to a Petition to Modify a Child Support Court Order

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Do not use this if you are served with a petition to modify an administrative child support order. If you are served with a petition asking a Washington Court to modify a support order from another state, talk to a lawyer before using this packet. Packet #3228EN

COVID-19 and child support in Washington State

If you're having trouble paying child support because you lost your job due to the pandemic, read this. #3283EN

How Can I Collect Child Support?

Learn how the Division of Child Support (DCS), whose services are free, can help you set and collect child support. There is a locator service to help find parents who owe support. #3812EN

Getting Child Support after High School

Find out when and how to change your child support order to include post-secondary educational support making one or both parents responsible to pay for the child's educational expenses beyond high school. #3818EN

Child Support and License Suspension

DCS may suspend licenses of parents who are behind in their child support payments. The law allows DCS to suspend any license issued by the State of Washington, including drivers' licenses, hunting licenses, fishing licenses, professional licenses and contractor or occupational licenses. This explains your rights and obligations under the law. #3809EN

Do You Owe Child Support?

General information about how child support is set and your obligation to pay child support. #3810EN

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