Division of Child Support

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Employers: Mandatory Lump Sum Reporting- Effective July 23, 2023 (House Bill 1262), employers are required to report lump sum payments for employees with a garnishment order that includes a payment for arrears. Reporting to the Division of Child Support must be done before the lump sum is paid out to the employee. Please see Withholding from Bonuses and Lump-Sum Payments  for more information and instructions on how to report. 

All Division of Child Support offices are open to the public. Customers are no longer required to wear a mask while indoors, but are asked to affirm whether or not they are experiencing any COVID-19 like symptoms. Maintaining social distancing is still in place. DCS staff, while serving clients in congregate settings, will continue wearing masks. 

While Child Support offices are open, payments in offices have been suspended. See our Paying Child Support to learn how to make a payment. We are always happy to assist you by phone at 800-442-KIDS (5437). You also can send an email to DCS-CRU@dshs.wa.gov. We will respond within the next business day.  

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

If you are an employer needing to report layoffs or closuresplease click here.

Can We Help You?

Questions about child support?

Please call us at 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 do not know your number, press "0" for staff assistance. For further information on how to use the KIDS line, please read the full instructions.

Are you struggling to pay child support?

Contact our Alternative Solutions program specialists who can help you identify and overcome barriers to paying child support. Watch the following video and learn how Alternative Solutions worked for one parent. If you think the program makes sense for you, call us at 800-604-1146.


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