What happens if DSHS approves my good cause claim?

If DSHS approves your good cause claim, then one of two things will happen:

When DSHS grants good cause, it does not stop the child support debt owed by the other parent from growing. If there is a support order, the amount owed each month will continue to add up during the entire period good cause is in effect. This is especially important to know for the future.

If DSHS grants your good cause claim, but your good cause ends later, DCS will send the other parent notice of the debt owed.

How do you think the other parent is going to react to receiving a notice of debt from DCS? This is an important question to ask as part of ongoing safety planning for survivors faced with this type of situation.

  1. DCS will close your case without taking any further action (this is called Good Cause Level A).
    Or
  2. DCS will continue to work on your case, but they will not make you help in any way and you cannot get into any trouble for not cooperating (this is called Good Cause Level B).

    When DSHS grants good cause, it does not stop the child support debt owed by the other parent from growing. If there is a support order, the amount owed each month will continue to add up during the entire period good cause is in effect. This is especially important to know for the future.

    If DSHS grants your good cause claim, but your good cause ends later, DCS will send the other parent notice of the debt owed.

    How do you think the other parent is going to react to receiving a notice of debt from DCS? This is an important question to ask as part of ongoing safety planning for survivors faced with this type of situation.