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Establishing Paternity

If paternity (fatherhood) has not been established, Child Support Services will take the necessary steps to establish paternity.  Establishing paternity provides a child of unmarried parents the same legal rights as a child born to married parents. Once paternity is legally established, children are entitled to the following:

  • Financial support
  • Access to family medical history
  • Inheritance rights
  • Medical and life insurance benefits
  • Social Security benefit
Establishing a Support Order

If a court order for child support and/or medical support does not already exist and the non-custodial parent has been located, an order will be sought to establish child support and medical support by the court. The amount of child support is determined using guidelines established by California Law. Child Support guidelines are based on the income of both parents (allowing for certain deductions) and the amount of time the child is cared for by each parent.

It is important you provide DCSS with the most recent address, employer and asset information regarding the non-custodial party as well as accurate payment and visitation information if applicable.  Service of legal documents must take place prior to obtaining an order.

If you have an existing court order that includes child support or medical support DCSS can establish your case and have the existing order enforced.  

Child Support Calculations - Guideline Calculator

You may obtain an estimated amount of child support that may be ordered in your case by using the Guideline Calculator.