San Mateo County Child Support Office

Find San Mateo County California child support offices, agency, enforcement, or division of child supportive services. Child support offices provide information on child support and custody laws, attorneys and lawyers, child support payments, collections, filings, and applications.


Redwood City Child Support & Enforcement Office 555 County Center Redwood CA 94063 866-901-3212


About the San Mateo County Child Support Office

The San Mateo County Child Support Office is part of a national system for child support enforcement in San Mateo County, CA. California is required by law to operate a child support enforcement program and to establish an office or division specifically for that purpose. In most states, the Child Support Office is part of a human services or social services department or the Attorney General's Office. In a few cases, the Child Support Agency is a division within the Revenue Department.

You may contact the Child Support Office for questions about:
  • San Mateo County Child Support program and services
  • Child support hearings and cases
  • Child support obligations, payments and fees
  • Child support account information
  • Paternity tests in San Mateo County, CA
San Mateo County Child Support Payments

The Office of Child Support Services in San Mateo County is responsible for ensuring that non-custodial parents make child support payments. The San Mateo County Child Support Office typically engages in all phases of the child support process, from locating non-custodial parents and establishing paternity to establishing San Mateo County child support case and San Mateo County Family Court orders and enforcing child support payments. In addition to child support payments, a San Mateo County child support order may also address a child's health care and medical support.

Child Support Enforcement in San Mateo County, CA

The San Mateo County Division of Child Support has extensive authority in the enforcement of child support orders, including wage garnishment, filing liens on property in San Mateo County, California, and suspending driver's licenses and professional or trade licenses. The Department of Child Support works cooperatively with the San Mateo County Court System to enforce support orders. San Mateo County Child Support Services also offers supportive services to help non-custodial parents in meeting their obligations through referrals to employment services or co-parenting and healthy fatherhood programs.

Federal Child Support Enforcement

The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) is housed within the Department of Health and Human Services. The OCSE is charged with the oversight of all child support programs in San Mateo County, conducting reviews and audits of California State, territory, and tribal programs. California State is required to submit plans for the implementation of its support enforcement programs, which are subject to review and approval by OCSE. The OCSE also provides states and tribes with policy recommendations, training, and technical assistance. The Federal government reimburses approximately two-thirds of the CA Child Support Office costs.