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When wage withholding and other administrative remedies cease to be effective in collecting child support from a parent, the Division of Child Support may refer a case to the Family Support Division to file a civil contempt action in King County Superior Court or Federal District Court against the parent with the legal obligation to pay support. Once a parent is subject to the court’s jurisdiction the court may use a variety of means to coerce the responsible parent to pay child support; up to and including incarceration.

Frequently Asked Questions

Use the Internet Payment Site - NO FEE

Go to: "My Secure DSHS"

  • Create a Secure Access Washington (SAW) account.

  • Add the DCS Online service.

  • Click on "DCS Online" service to register the your bank account.

  • Within 10 days, you will receive an activation code via mail.

  • You will also receive an email when your bank account has been verified.

  • With the activation code, log on to the secure site to make your payment.

Sign Up for Automatic Payment Authorization and Electronic Funds Transfer - NO FEE

  • Go to Electronic ESHS Forms to download the authorization form.

  • Or call 1-800-468-7422 to request the form (DSHS 18-484).

  • Or request the form from your local DCS office.  

Mail Your Payment - NO FEE

 

Address the envelope to:

DSHS / DCS
WSSR
PO Box 45868
Olympia WA 98504-5868

Pay in Person - NO FEE

 

Bring check, money order, cashier's check or cash exact change only.
(DCS cannot accept over $5.00 in coins.)

  • Everett Field Office
    840 North Broadway
    Everett, WA 98201

  • Seattle Field Office
    500 First Avenue South
    Seattle, WA 98104

  • Tacoma Field Office
    1949 South State Street, 3rd Floor
    Tacoma, WA 98401

You can also pay at the Superior Court Clerk's Office, 206-296-9300
Cash, money order or cashier's check.

  • King County Courthouse
    516 Third Avenue, Room E609
    Seattle, WA 98104
    Note: Closed from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

  • Maleng Regional Justice Center
    401 Fourth Avenue North, Room 2231
    Kent, WA 98032
    Note: Closed from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

  • Youth Services Center
    1211 East Alder Street, Room 307
    Seattle, WA 98122
    Note: Closed from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Pay with your Credit or Debit Card - FEE

 

The following agencies charge a fee to deliver your payment.
The fee is a percentage of the amount you are paying.

ChildSupportBillPay 855-972-9327
MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover Card
You must have the following information to use ChildSupportBillPay:

  • Your Social Security Number

  • DCS Account Number

 

CiviTek at MyPaymentPortal
MasterCard, American Express, Discover or Debit Card
You must have the following information to use MyPaymentPortal:

  • Your Social Security Number

  • DCS Account Number

 

TouchPay 1-877-778-7540
MasterCard, Visa, or GreenDot Money Pak
You must have the following information to use TouchPay:

  • Pay to: WA DCS

  • Code City: WA DCS

  • State: WA

  • Your Social Security Number

  • DCS Account Number

All offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Everett Child Support Office
    840 North Broadway
    Everett, WA 98201
    425-438-4800
    800-729-7580

  • Kennewick Child Support Office
    1120 North Edison Street
    Kennewick, WA 99336
    509-374-2000
    800-345-9981

  • Olympia Child Support Office
    243 Israel Road, TC3 5th Floor
    Tumwater WA 98501
    360-664-6900
    800-345-9964

  • Seattle Child Support Office
    500 First Avenue South
    Seattle, WA 98104
    206-341-7000
    800-526-8658

  • Spokane Child Support Office
    West 1608 Boone
    Spokane, WA 99201
    509-363-5000
    800-345-9982

  • Tacoma Child Support Office
    1949 South State Street, 3rd Floor
    Tacoma, WA 98401
    253-597-3700
    800-345-9976

  • Vancouver Child Support Office
    800 NE 136th Avenue
    Vancouver, WA 98684
    360-696-6100
    800-345-9984

  • Wenatchee Child Support Office
    805 South Mission
    Wenatchee, WA 98801
    509-886-6800
    800-535-1113

  • Yakima Child Support Office
    1002 North 16th Avenue
    Yakima, WA 98902
    509-249-6000
    800-441-0859

Depending on the method of payment, receipt of payment may be delayed for two to four weeks.

If you are a Track A Contempt case and are NOT represented by counsel, you should contact the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney or Paralegal assigned to the Track A calendar for warrant quash procedures.  Contact our office at 206-296-9020 for Seattle matters, or 206-296-9595 for Kent matters. 

If you are a Track B Contempt case and represented by defense counsel, you should contact your attorney for assistance and warrant quash procedures.  If you do not know which division of the Office of Public Defense (OPD) you are assigned, please contact OPD at 206-296-7662.

You may also turn yourself into any police station.  You have to be arrested by a police officer, as the jail will not allow you to simply walk-in directly.  Jail guards are not commissioned officers and they are unable to make arrests. 

 

The Division of Child Support (DCS) may suspend your license if you are behind in your child support payments. DCS can suspend any license issued by the State of Washington, including:

  • drivers’ licenses
  • hunting licenses
  • fishing licenses
  • professional licenses
  • contractor,  or
  • occupational licenses.

If you owe child support you must sign a Repayment Agreement with DCS (or pay off the entire debt) to get your license back. Call DCS to ask about signing a repayment agreement and other options. In setting a repayment amount, DCS will look at your income and expenses, including the expenses of caring for any dependent children. You must provide DCS with complete information about your financial situation, including any extra expense you may have, including, but not limited to medical costs, costs for caring for a child who is disabled, etc. DCS may make you pay the first installment due under your repayment agreement before releasing your license. You must keep making your payments when due. If you do not make timely payments, DCS can suspend your license again.

The custodial parent is not required to appear at contempt hearings, although you are welcome to appear if you wish.  Any information you would like the court to consider at the hearing, must be submitted to the court and the Family Support Division in writing prior to the hearing in accordance with local court rules.

A Conference Board review is an informal hearing to resolve grievances with DCS. It is an internal dispute resolution process for contesting DCS actions. Individuals are able to address some issues that they are not able to get a decision from anywhere else, such as an grievance about a DCS worker, request for deferral, review of payroll withholdings that cause hardship, and most commonly a request for a charge-off or waiver (decision not to collect child support obligation). Many Conference Board requests are for a write off of back support assigned to the State. Only debt owed to Washington state may be written off – No exceptions. However there may be other options available.

Under some circumstances, Conference Boards may also set the monthly payment rate on back support. In setting a repayment amount, DCS will look at the individuals’ income and expenses, including the expense of caring for any dependent children. Obligors must provide DCS with complete information about their financial situation, including any extra expenses they may have.

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