How to Apply

New Child Support Customer Service Portal Now Available!

The SCDSS Child Support Customer Service Portal provides a secure way for parents to access important information about their case – any time, any day.

Whether paying or receiving support, parents can create a unique user ID and password to view payment information, hearing dates, enforcement measures in place, and receive occasional announcements affecting their case. The portal can also be used to update address, phone number, employment and email information.

Child Support Customer Service Portal


Child Support Portal Demonstration

Federal Stimulus Update (Posted 3-16-21):

With the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, stimulus payments issued pursuant to that Act will be sent to all qualifying individuals. These stimulus payments will not be intercepted by the South Carolina Child Support Division, as they have been exempted from this action.

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. 


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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.