How to Demand and Collect Child Support in Kern County

Child Support Payments How to Demand and Collect Child Support in Kern County

How to Demand and Collect Child Support in Kern County

For many single parents, collecting regular child support payments helps to ensure that the child will be able to receive nutritious meals, adequate clothing, and a roof over their heads. When all financial responsibility falls onto one parent, it can be very overwhelming for that parent.

If you live in Kern County and would like to collect child support, there are a few different options. Here is a look at how you can easily collect child support in Kern County.

Do You Need a Child Support Order in Kern County?

Yes, in order to collect child support, you must first have a court order that specifies the details of the child support arrangement. You and your child's other parent can go through a mediation meeting, or come up with a reasonable amount of child support on your own. Once you have agreed on a specific amount, a judge will need to review and approve the agreement.

If you cannot agree on a certain amount, a Family Law Judge will determine the amount for you. When coming up with a child support amount, a judge will consider both parents' income. Some of the things that a judge will look at include:

  • Unemployment benefits
  • Monthly income from your job
  • Extra wages from your job (tips, commissions, bonuses, etc.)
  • Disability benefits
  • Income from other sources (rental property, side jobs, etc.)

Once the judge has reviewed all of the income information, a decision will be made about who should pay child support and how much is owed each month.

How to Collect Child Support in Kern County on Your Own

If you need to apply for child support in Kern County, you should visit the nearest Child Support Services department. There are two ways to apply: online or in person.

To apply online, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Kern County Child Support Services Website.
  2. Click on the "Apply for Child Support Services" tab at the top of the screen.
  3. Fill out the Online Application
  4. Collect important documents, such as your child's birth certificate and social security card, your proof of income, your proof of residency, and proof of any other state or federally-funded programs you are currently on.
  5. Upload the documents to the website. If you are unable to upload the documents, you will need to take them to the child support agency yourself.

Kern County Department of Child Support Services Location, Contact Number, and Other Details

If you need assistance and prefer to go to the Kern County Department of Child Support Services or speak to them directly, refer to the details below:

Bakersfield Office3701 N. Sillect Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93308
Ridgecrest Office 400 N. China Lake Blvd., Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Contact Numbers
  • Phone: 1-866-901-3212
  • Fax: 1- 661-868-8558
  • TTY: 1-866-399-4096

How Long Can Parents Collect Child Support in Kern County?

According to California State Law, a parent can collect child support until the child is 18 years old. However, if the child is 19 years old, and still in high school, the parent can continue to collect child support until the child graduates from high school.

Also, if the child turns 18 years old, and the other parent still owes back child support, the other parent must continue to make payments until the agreed amount has been completely paid.

How to Demand Child Support Payments with the Help of DoNotPay

Filing a demand letter with DoNotPay is one of the easiest ways to demand child support payments. To file the letter, simply follow these three easy steps:

  1. Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.


  2. Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made and number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.


  3. Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.


Why Use DoNotPay to Collect Child Support in Kern County

Trying to collect child support on your own can be very stressful and overwhelming. With DoNotPay, you can easily send a letter to demand child support without ever leaving your home. The entire process is fast and easy.

DoNotPay Can Help Resolve All of Your Child Support Issues

In addition to helping you collect child support in Kern County, DoNotPay can help you collect child support in other parts of the country as well. We can also help answer many of your child support-related questions. Here is a look at some of the ways that DoNotPay can help to make your life simpler and more convenient:

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