Child Support

The Child Support Services Division encourages responsible parenting, family self-sufficiency, and child well-being by providing assistance in locating parents, establishing paternity, establishing, modifying, and enforcing support obligations, and obtaining child support for children.  It is free to apply for these services.

Our goal is to create a system where children can count on their parents for the financial and emotional support they need to be healthy and successful.

DSS and Clerks of Court are moving to a new child support system over a 10-month period, beginning October 2018. The new system will include child support cases receiving services through DSS as well as private support cases enforced by the Clerks of Court.

You can see when your case will move to the new system on the map and timeline below. For example, if you have a support order in Aiken County, your case will move to the new system on October 1, 2018. The new system impacts customers who pay or receive support, as well as employers. To see how the new system might impact you, click here.
Fairfield County Clerk of Court Judy Bonds, left, and Deputy Clerk Beverly Grier, right, show off the new information posters advertising our upcoming changes in the child support system. The posters will be hung in clerk offices across the state.

Do you have a complaint regarding services being provided to a child by a state agency? Please submit your complaint by phone (1-800-206-1957) or an electronic submission form here with the South Carolina Department of Children's Advocacy.