Division of Child Support

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Division of Child Support offices will reopen on Monday, November 15. Customers must wear a mask while indoors, confirm they are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, sign in on a log sheet to assist with contact tracing if necessary, and maintain distancing.

Payments in Child Support offices are currently suspended. Although our offices will reopen on Monday, November 15, they will not be accepting child support payments. See our Paying Child Support page for information on how to make a payment.

Washington is becoming a mandatory reporting state for Insurance Claims. Click here to see what claims insurers will need to report to the Division of Child Support.

Do you know about the Child Tax Credit? As part of the American Rescue Plan, this credit can provide  monthly payments of $250-300 per month for each child to help make ends meet. The Division of Child Support is committed to our administration’s goal to cut poverty in half by 2025. The Child Tax Credit can help. Find out more at childtaxcredit.gov.  

Are you curious about how the current COVID-19 relief package will impact your child support? The IRS will not be sending any of the second or third rounds of Economic Impact (aka Stimulus) Payments, authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, to DCS. 

On Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, the Division of Child Support implemented a new law to abate, or temporarily reduce, child support orders for parents who are incarcerated or sentenced to at least six months. If you’d like to learn more about this law or see if it applies to you, see abatement FAQs here.

If you need to make a payment there are several ways to do that without coming to our offices. Find out more on our Paying Child Support page. As of Monday, Nov 15, Division of Child Support lobbies are reopened to the public. To provide a safe environment for customers and staff, we require everyone to self-screen against COVID-19 symptoms, sign in, practice distancing, and wear a mask. Payments in Child Support offices are currently suspended. Please see our Paying Child Support page for information on how to make a payment. We are still happy to help you by phone at 800-442-KIDS (5437).  You also can send an email to DCS-CRU@dshs.wa.gov and we will respond on the next business day.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to respond to COVID-19.

 

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Questions about child support?

Please call us at 1-800-442-KIDS (5437). This automated system allows quick access to your case manager by entering your case number. If you do not have a case or know your number press "0" for staff assistance. For further information on how to use the KIDS line please see the full instructions.

Are you struggling to pay child support?

Contact our Alternative Solutions program specialists who will help you identify and overcome barriers to paying child support. Check out the video and see how it worked for one parent. If you think the program can help you, call us at 1-800-604-1146.

 

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