Accounting Methods

How Payments Are Distributed

A notice of how much child support is collected by DCSS and how it is distributed for each month of the reporting period is mailed to the custodial party periodically. The custodial party is entitled to see the payment history of the noncustodial parent.

In general, payments received by DCSS are paid in the following order:

  • To the current monthly support
  • To the interest owed on past due support
  • To the arrearages (unpaid past due child support) or CalWORKs reimbursements (repayments to CalWORKs for past payments)

Lost Child Support Checks

If you have not received your child support check within ten days after it was issued, you need to visit the accounting office to complete the appropriate forms and have them notarized. If you are unable to visit in person, the forms can be faxed or mailed to you to complete and notarized.

All paperwork is forwarded to the County Auditor's office to place a "stop payment" on the check and re-issue the funds. This process is usually completed within five business days.