Child Support

Forms

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NOTE: You may not need all of these forms. Or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk to your Family Law Facilitator or a lawyer.

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If you are asking for child support as part of a divorce, legal separation or annulment case:

1. In addition to the divorce forms, fill out the following forms:

To help you decide if form FL-150 or form FL-155 is right for you,read an information sheet called "Which Financial Form - FL-150 or FL-155?" (DV-570) in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean or Vietnamese.

NOTE: If you need more room to write your "declaration" you can use:

  • Additional Page (Form MC-020)

2. Forms for the Respondent: (usually served on him or her by the petitioner)

  • Responsive Declaration to Request for Order
    (Form FL-320)
  • Income and Expense Declaration (Form FL-150)
    (you fill in your copy, they fill in their copy)
    See the instructions for this form.

    OR
  • Financial Statement (Simplified) (Form FL-155)
    (you fill in your copy, they fill in their copy)
    See the instructions for this form.

3. Proof of Service forms:

If you serve these forms with your divorce forms, you will need a:

  • Proof of Service of Summons (Form FL-115) -- check box 1(e)(7).

If you serve these forms apart from your divorce forms, you will need a:

  • Proof of Personal Service (Form FL-330)

4. If you and the other parent agree on your child support arrangements, you can let the court know by using this form:

  • Stipulation to Establish or Modify a Child Support Order (Form FL-350)
    See the instructions for this form.

5. After the hearing: Everyone who is part of a child support order must fill out:

  • Child Support Case Registry Form (Form FL-191)

6. After the hearing you MAY also need these forms:

  • Findings and Order After Hearing (Form FL-340)
  • Child Support Information and Order Attachment (Form FL-342)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Non-Guideline Child Support Findings Attachment (Form FL-342(A))

Choose the form you need below. You can either download and print the form, or fill it out on your computer, then print it out. These forms will open in a new window. When you have printed out each form, please close that window and continue on this site.

NOTE: You may not need all of these forms. Or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk to your Family Law Facilitator or a lawyer.

Find low-cost legal aid.

Find local court forms you may need at your county's court website.

If you are asking for child support as part of a domestic violence restraining order case:

1. In addition to domestic violence restraining order forms, fill out the following:

  • Child Custody, Visitation, and Support Request (Form DV-105)
  • Income and Expense Declaration (Form FL-150)
    See the instructions for this form.

    OR
  • Financial Statement (Simplified) (Form FL-155)
    See the instructions for this form.

To help you decide if form FL-150 or form FL-155 is right for you, read an information sheet called "Which Financial Form - FL-150 or FL-155?" (DV-570) in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean or Vietnamese. Click on the language you need:

NOTE: If you need more room to write your "declaration" you can use:

  • Additional Page (Form MC-020)

2. Forms for the Respondent: (usually served on him or her by the petitioner)

  • Response to Request for Domestic Violence Restraining Order (Form DV-120)
  • Income and Expense Declaration (Form FL-150)
    See the instructions for this form.

    OR
  • Financial Statement (Simplified) (Form FL-155)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Which Financial Form - FL-155 or FL-150? (Form DV-570)

3. Proof of Service forms:

  • Proof of Service (In Person) (Form DV-200)

NOTE: If the petitioner is only serving Income and Expense forms, he or she can use Service by Mail. The respondent can also use Service by Mail when serving his or her "Answer".

  • Proof of Service by Mail (Form DV-250)

4. After the hearing: anyone who is part of a child support order must fill out:

  • Child Support Case Registry Form (Form FL-191)

5. After the hearing you MAY also need this form:

  • Child Support Order (Form DV-160)

Choose the form you need below. You can either download and print the form, or fill it out on your computer, then print it out.

NOTE: You may not need all of these forms. Or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk to your Family Law Facilitator or a lawyer.

Find low-cost legal aid.

Find local court forms you may need at your county's court website.

If you are asking for child support as part of a parentage case:

1. In addition to the parentage forms, fill out the following forms:

To help you decide if form FL-150 or form FL-155 is right for you, read an information sheet called "Which Financial Form - FL-150 or FL-155?" (DV-570) in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean or Vietnamese. Click on the language you need:

NOTE: If you need more room to write your "declaration" you can use:

  • Additional Page (Form MC-020)

2. Forms for the Respondent: (usually served on him or her by the petitioner)

  • Responsive Declaration to Request for Order (Form FL-320)
  • Income and Expense Declaration (Form FL-150)
    (you fill in your copy, they fill in their copy)
    See the instructions for this form.

    OR
  • Financial Statement (Simplified) (Form FL-155)
    (you fill in your copy, they fill in their copy)
    See the instructions for this form.

3. Proof of Service forms:

If you serve these forms with your parentage forms, you will need a:

  • Proof of Service of Summons (Form FL-115) -- check box 1(e)(7).

If you serve these forms apart from your parentage forms, you will need a:

  • Proof of Personal Service (Form FL-330)

4. If you and the other parent agree: (on your child support arrangements, you can let the court know by using this form)

  • Stipulation to Establish or Modify a Child Support Order (Form FL-350)
    See the instructions for this form.

5. After the hearing: everyone who is part of a child support order must fill out:

  • Child Support Case Registry Form (Form FL-191)

6. After the hearing you MAY also need these forms:

  • Findings and Order After Hearing (Form FL-340)
  • Child Support Information and Order Attachment (Form FL-342)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Non-Guideline Child Support Findings Attachment (Form FL-342(A))

Choose the form you need below. You can either download and print the form, or fill it out on your computer, then print it out.

NOTE: You may not need all of these forms. Or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk to your Family Law Facilitator or a lawyer.

Find low-cost legal aid.

Find local court forms you may need at your county's court website.

Petition for Custody and Support of Minor Child:

  • If you are married or in a registered domestic partnership and do not want to get a divorce, legal separation, or annulment, you can start a court case by filing a Petition for Custody and Support of Minor Children (Form FL-260).
  • If you are not married and have children together, and have signed a Declaration of Paternity, you can start a court case by filing a Petition for Custody and Support of Minor Children (Form FL-260).
  • You can also use this form as part of a Domestic Violence Restraining Order case. By opening a case in this way, the court can make child support and other orders.

If you are asking for child support by filing a petition with the court:

1. In addition to any other forms you need for your case, fill out the following:

To help you decide if form FL-150 or form FL-155 is right for you, read an information sheet called "Which Financial Form - FL-150 or FL-155?" (DV-570) in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean or Vietnamese.

NOTE: If you need more room to write your "declaration" you can use:

  • Additional Page (Form MC-020)

2. Forms for the Respondent: (usually served on him or her by the petitioner)

  • Response to Petition for Custody and Support of Minor Child
    (Form FL-270)
    See instructions for this form.
  • Responsive Declaration to Order to Show Cause (Form FL-320)
  • Income and Expense Declaration (Form FL-150)
    See instructions for this form.

    OR
  • Financial Statement (Simplified) (Form FL-155)
    See instructions for this form.

3. Proof of Service forms:

If you serve these forms with your divorce or parentage case forms, you will need a:

  • Proof of Service of Summons (Form FL-115) -- check box 1(e)(7).

If you serve these forms apart from your divorce or parentage case forms, you will need:

  • Proof of Personal Service (Form FL-330)

If you serve these forms with your domestic violence restraining order case, you will need:

  • Proof of Service (In Person) (Form DV-200)

4. If you and the other parent agree: on your child support arrangements you can let the court know by using this form:

  • Stipulation to Establish or Modify a Child Support Order (Form FL-350)
    See instructions for this form.

5. After the hearing: Everyone who is part of a child support order must fill out:

  • Child Support Case Registry Form (Form FL-191)

6. After the hearing you MAY also need these forms:

  • Findings and Order After Hearing (Form FL-340)
  • Child Support Information and Order Attachment (Form FL-342)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Non-guideline Child Support Findings Attachment (Form FL-342A)

Choose the form you need below. You can either download and print the form, or fill it out on your computer, then print it out. These forms will open in a new window. When you have printed out each form, please close that window and continue on this site.

NOTE: You may not need all of these forms. Or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk to your Family Law Facilitator or a lawyer.

Find low-cost legal aid.

Find local court forms you may need at your county's court website.

If you need help getting a child support order enforced, some of these forms may help:

  • Order/Notice to Withhold Income for Child Support (Form FL-195)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Declaration of Payment History (Form FL-420)
  • Payment History Attachment (with instructions) (Form FL-421)
  • Request for Hearing Regarding Earnings Assignment (with instructions)
    (Form FL-450)
  • Application to Determine Arrearages (Form FL-490)

The judge cannot hear your court case until you have filed your court forms properly. The judge has to be sure that everyone involved in the court case has information about what the other people have filed before he or she can let the case move forward.

To prove to the court that copies of the documents were given to everyone, "Proof of Service" forms are to be filled out and filed with the court.

REMEMBER: YOU CANNOT SERVE YOUR COURT FORMS YOURSELF'

Someone over 18 (for example a friend, relative, or a professional process server) who is not involved in the case in any way must serve the court forms for you.

The person who serves the documents has to complete one Proof of Service form for each person served and return it to you for filing with the court.

Choose the form you need below. You can either download and print the form, or fill it out on your computer, then print it out.

NOTE: You may not need all of these forms. Or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk to your Family Law Facilitator or a lawyer.

Find low-cost legal aid.

Find local court forms you may need at your county's court website.

Proof of Service Forms:

  • Proof of Personal Service (Form FL-330)
  • Proof of Service by Mail (Form FL-335)

NOTE: If you serve these forms with your divorce or parentage forms, you will need a:

  • Proof of Service of Summons (Form FL-115) -- check box 1(e)(7)

NOTE: If you serve these forms as part of a domestic violence restraining order case, you will need a:

  • Proof of Service (In Person) (Form DV-200)

NOTE: If the petitioner is only serving Income and Expense forms, he or she can use Service by Mail.

  • Proof of Service by Mail (Form DV-250)

In most cases, you have to pay a fee to file papers with the court. The fees are a little different in each county. Usually counties have their fee schedules posted on their court's web site.

For some people who do not earn enough money, the court will say that they do not have to pay the fees. This is called a "fee waiver." To find out if you qualify for a fee waiver, read:

  • Information Sheet on Waiver of Court Fees and Costs
    (Form FW-001-INFO)

If you are not sure which form to use, talk with your Family Law Facilitator or a lawyer.

Find local court forms you may need at your county's court website.

Forms that Ask the Court for Fee Waivers:

  • Request to Waive Court Fees (Form FW-001)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Request to Waive Additional Court Fees (Form FW-002)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Order on Court Fee Waiver (Form FW-003)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Notice: Waiver of Court Fees (Form FW-005)
  • Request for Hearing About Court Fee Waiver Order (Form FW-006)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Notice on Hearing About Court Fees (Form FW-007)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Order on Court Fee Waiver After Hearing (Form FW-008)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Notice to Court of Improved Financial Situation or Settlement (Form FW-010)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Notice to Appear for Reconsideration of Fee Waiver (Form FW-011)
  • Order on Court Fee Waiver After Reconsideration Hearing (Form FW-012)
    See the instructions for this form.

To learn more about fee waivers – who can get them, how long they last, and other important information -- please read fee waiver basics.