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Riverside County Department of Child Support Services
Step 6: Collections
Making Payments

Child support payments should be made payable and sent to:
    Department of Child Support Services
    P.O. Box 989067
    Sacramento, CA 95798
Payments may also be made in person between the hours of 7:30 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. on business days at any Riverside County Department of Child Support Services office. Payments should be made by certified check, money order, or cash if making the payment in person. Please include your account number on your payment. Do not send cash by mail.

Effective February 1, 2006, Riverside County converted to the new State Disbursement Unit (SDU) Process Center. If you pay child support directly to the Local Child Support Agency (LCSA) by cash, credit card, checks or other means, your payment will be forwarded directly to the SDU. This will cause a delay in processing the payment to your account. The legal date of collection is the date the payment is received at the SDU. In order to ensure proper credit to your account, you full monthly payment amount should be received at the LCSA by the 20th of each month.

Statewide Allocation of payments may impact your child support case(s). How Statewide Allocation impacts a case depends on many factors including how much support is owed and paid and whether the payment(s) are for current or past support.

EXAMPLE: A paying parent owes support in Counties A and B. The parent sends a support payment for the case in County A. In the past, the entire payment was applied only to the case in County A. Now, the payment will be divided between the case in County A and the case in County B.

If you have only one child support case, you should not be affected by Statewide Allocation payments.


  Understand the Process
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  red dot  Step 1: Open a Case
  red dot  Step 2: Locate
  red dot  Step 3: Establish Paternity
  red dot  Step 4: Establish Order
  red dot  Step 5: Enforce Order
  red dot  Step 6: Collect Support
Tree Image Direct Payments
Tree Image Across State Lines
Tree Image Tracking Payments
Tree Image Processing Payments
Tree Image Distributing Payments
Tree Image Payment Inquiries
  red dot  Step 7: Close a Case

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