Child Support Frequently Asked Questions
These are questions often asked about child
support services. If you don't find the answer to your question
here, please call Child Support Services at 1-866-901-3212.
Who is eligible for services?
Any parent or guardian can apply for child
support services by visiting the Sutter County Department
of Child Support Services at 543 Garden Hwy., Yuba City. An
application may be requested by mail or by calling 1-866-901-3212.
Parents or guardians receiving public assistance will automatically
be referred to the department by the CALWorks/TANF office
What type of documentation is required
to open a child support case?
One important piece of information is the
non-custodial parent's social security number. Other items
would include place of employment, home and work address,
date of birth and any prior court order information. If you
are not receiving CALWorks, your most recent employment information
would also be required.
Why is it important to establish paternity?
The Court cannot order the non-custodial parent
to pay child support until paternity is legally established.
It may also be important in regards to social security or
Can Child Support Services assist with
The department will request that the Court
require the non-custodial parent to provide health insurance
for the child(ren). The Court will order the non-custodial
parent to provide health insurance if it is available at a
reasonable cost. The Court may also order each parent to pay
one-half of all uninsured health care costs.
Can Child Support Services assist with
spousal support orders?
When the child(ren) and the custodial parent
are living together, the department will enforce both child
and spousal support. If the children and the custodial parent
are not living together, the department will enforce past-due
child support and past-due spousal support. When child support
terminates, and the spousal support order remains in effect,
the department will not enforce spousal support only.
How does the department collect child support?
To collect a child support obligation, we
need to know where the non-custodial parent is working. We
will then serve a Wage Assignment so that the obligation is
automatically deducted from his or her wages. If you know
where the non-custodial parent is working please inform us
via email, e-mail or phone, and we will serve a Wage Assignment,
The Department also has other legal means of collecting and
enforcing child support orders including, suspensions of driver's
and other professional licenses, liens on real or personal
property and various other civil and criminal remedies.
How do I get child support order modified?
Either party may request a review of the child
support order for modification by contacting the department
and requesting the required documents. Once the documents
are completed, and all required information is obtained, the
department will review the child support order for modification.
There are certain criteria which must be met in order for
the department to agree to modify support.
Either party also maintains the option of
filing their own motion with the court at any time. Parties
wishing to file their own motions should contact a private
attorney or their county's Family Law Facilitator to assist
them. Sutter County's Family Law Facilitator is located at
403 Second Street, Room 106, Yuba City and can be reached by telephone
at (530) 822-3305.
If I am the custodial party, can I close
If the custodial party wants to close the
child support case with the department, the request should
be in writing either by mail or by fax to the appropriate
office. If the custodial party is not receiving public assistance,
the case can be closed. If the custodial party is receiving
public assistance, or there are public assistance arrears,
the case cannot be closed at the request of the custodial party.