How to Apply

Child Support Customer Service Portal

A secure way for parents to apply for child support and access important case information – any time, any day.

Whether applying for services, paying or receiving support, parents can create a unique user ID and password to view payment information, hearing dates, enforcement measures in place, update contact information and receive occasional announcements affecting their case.

Using the Child Support Portal is easy and convenient.
Click to watch a short “how to” video.

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 free to apply for Child Support Services. If your child resides with you and you'd like to apply, the Child Support Customer Services Portal provides a secure way to apply online. 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. Simply click the button below.
To download and print a copy of the application, please click here. (Child Support Application - Espanol).

If your child does not live with you, but you would like to legally establish paternity, please click here to complete the Non-Custodial Parent Application. 

NOTE: Our Customer Service Center is available to all customers with child support cases serviced by the DSS Child Support Services Division and all private cases enforced by the Clerks of Court. Click here for contact information.

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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.