How to Apply

Coming in early 2021!

The SCDSS Child Supports Services Division will launch a Customer Service Portal for parents – those paying child support and those receiving payments - so that they can view important information about their case – any time, any day.

Parents can create a unique user ID and password and view important case information. This will include payment information, hearing dates, enforcement measures in place, and occasional announcements affecting our customers. You will also be able to update your address, phone number, employment, and email information as well as send inquiries to our customer service staff.

There are numerous ways to apply for Child Support Services. Unless you are a recipient of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), applying for our services is entirely up to you. If you are receiving TANF, an application for Child Support Services will be sent to our office automatically. Although your cooperation is essential to the establishment of paternity and support, the application itself requires nothing further on your part. 

It is important to know that you do not have to have formal, legal custody of your child to apply. The child does have to live with you, though, in order for you to be considered a CUSTODIAL PARENT. If your child resides with you, and you want to apply for Child Support Services, please click here to complete the application. 

If your child does not live with you, but you would like to legally establish paternity, please click here to complete the application. 


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.