General Information

Contact Dept

  • Address:
    2220 Tulare Street, Suite 310P
    Fresno, CA 93721
  • 24-Hour General/Case Information:
    1 (866) 901-3212 www.childsup.ca.gov

faq

Legal



Q: I just received a Summons and Complaint; what does this mean?

A: State and Federal laws require us to legally establish paternity, child support and a Health Insurance Coverage Assignment for the child(ren) listed on the Complaint. You must respond by filing an Answer with the Fresno County Superior Court Clerk's office within thirty days of service. If you do not file an Answer, a Default Judgment will be filed based upon the Proposed Judgment included in your Summons and Complaint packet.

Q: I do not think I am the father of the child(ren) listed on the Complaint. What do I do?

A: If you do not believe you are the father of this child, you must file an Answer (included in the packet) with the Fresno County Superior Court Clerk's office. Once your Answer is filed, a court date and genetic test appointments will be scheduled to determine if you are the father or not.

Q: I disagree with the child support amount, or one of the terms, set in the Proposed Judgment. What do I do?

A: You must file an Answer with the Fresno County Superior Court Clerk's office. A court date will then be set and the issues resolved there.

Q: How did you arrive at this child support amount?

A: The child support amount is based upon the information you provide to us prior to the filing of the Summons and Complaint (i.e. health insurance coverage costs, union dues, etc.), and the information in the case. This includes the information we receive from the Employment Development Department regarding your work history and the amount of child support for other children you may have for whom you pay child support through our office. This information is inputted into a state designed and approved computer program Dissomaster (copy is attached to the Proposed Judgment in your packet) which indicates the income and deductions given to arrive at the amount of child support.