This pamphlet gives information about the
Supporting California’s Children
general procedures of the County of San Diego
Points To Remember Department of Child Support Services, and
• It is important that you do not ignore should be used for informational purposes only.
the Summons and Complaint. It does You have the option to consult an attorney.
not go away and can impact the rest
of your life.
The Department of Child Support Services
does not offer legal representation or give legal SUMMONS & COMPLAINT
• You have 30 days from the date and
you were served to respond to the
Summons and Complaint.
• If you have any questions about the
Summons and Complaint, please
contact the child support ofﬁce at
866-901-3212. A case manager will
• When coming to the DCSS, please
bring proof of income such as a
recent pay stub and W-2 form.
Family Law Facilitator
A Summons and Complaint is a legal
document and a civil lawsuit. If you
need assistance in completing and “Enhance Our Children’s Futures
ﬁling forms, you may visit the Family by Obtaining Support For Families
Law Facilitator on the fourth ﬂoor of the Today”
downtown courthouse located at 220
W. Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101.
County of San Diego
Department of Child Support Services
220 W. Broadway, 6th Floor
San Diego, CA 92101
COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO
WE ARE HERE TO HELP! Child Support Services
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When the Department of Child What should I do after I am What happens if I do not
Support Services opens a case served? respond?
to establish a support order, You have thirty (30) days to respond from the Do not ignore the Summons and
a Summons and Complaint date you were served. You should ﬁle an Answer Complaint!
with a Proposed Judgment and/or sign an agreement (Stipulation). • If you do not sign a stipulation or ﬁle
may be issued. If both parents File an Answer an Answer within thirty (30) days, the
participate in the process, a Proposed Judgment will become a
Filing an Answer refers to submitting a written
fair order can be obtained. Final Judgment.
response to the Complaint. An Answer form • If you ignore these papers you will be
is included in the Summons and Complaint considered the legal parent and child
What is a packet or can be obtained from DCSS or the support may be ordered.
Summons and Complaint? Family Law Facilitator. You must formally ﬁle
It is in your best interest to take care of
an Answer with the court within thirty (30) days
A Summons and Complaint is a legal of the date you were initially served. this legal matter before it becomes a Final
document used to establish paternity, child Judgment. The information you provide
and/or medical support. Genetic Testing will help ensure the order is fair.
If you are unsure you are the father of the child,
What is a Proposed Judgment? you may have the option to request genetic Representation
A Proposed Judgment states what the testing. To request a genetic test, you must The Department of Child Support Services
Department of Child Support Services come to the DCSS ofﬁce and bring a photo does not represent either party. Our focus
(DCSS) recommends the court to order ID. Also, bring a copy of your ﬁled Answer or is to promote the well-being of children.
based upon the Summons and Complaint. be prepared to ﬁle an Answer at that time. If
you do not request genetic testing, you may be
named the legal parent of the child, even if you
How will I be notiﬁed if a are not the biological parent.
Summons and Complaint is ﬁled
Sign an Agreement (Stipulation)
You can contact the local child support agency
You could be mailed a courtesy letter named in the Summons and Complaint to
informing you of the complaint. The letter sign an agreement (stipulation) to establish
tells you that you can pick up the Summons paternity, child support, medical support and/
and Complaint at the local child support or childcare.
ofﬁce or return the Acknowledgement of
Receipt (included in the Summons and Making contact or meeting with child support
Complaint packet). representatives does not itself meet the 30-day
deadline. A signed stipulation to all terms must
Otherwise, you may be served (given) the
Summons and Complaint personally at
be reached to be in compliance with this time Children who receive support
your home or workplace.
frame. from both parents do better
socially and scholastically.