Child Support / Family Support
Paternity Unit Files parentage actions. Once the court determines who the legal parents are, the parents can obtain child support, back support and determine custody and a residential schedule/parenting plan.
Modification Unit Facilitates modifying child support to accurately reflect the financial circumstances of the parents and the needs of the child.
Assists parents in meeting their child support obligations by connecting parents with employment opportunities, training programs and other community resources.
Contempt Unit Assists in collecting current and past due child support.
The mission of the Family Support Division of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is to promote family self-sufficiency and the well-being of children. We work to connect parties with the King County Superior Court to establish parentage and child support, modify and enforce existing child support obligations, and to connect parties with community resources. We strive to exercise our mission with equity and compassion and be focused and deliberate in our creation of policies, procedures, and practices that are anti-racist and non-discriminatory.
For the most current information on Family Court operations and court hearings, including appearing for court by Zoom, please refer to King County Superior Court Family Court Website: https://kingcounty.gov/courts/superior-court/family.aspx
If you don't find answers to your questions on our website, please feel free to call or visit us at either of the following locations.
King County Courthouse
516 Third Avenue, Room E400
Seattle, Washington 98104-2388
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Se habla español.
724 West Smith Street, Suite 101
Kent, Washington 98032-4470
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Se habla español.
We are closed all major holidays:
- January 1, 2021 (New Year's Day)
- January 18, 2021 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
- February 15, 2021 (President's Day)
- May 31, 2021 (Memorial Day)
- July 5, 2021 (Independence Day)
- September 6, 2021 (Labor Day)
- November 11, 2021 (Veteran's Day)
- November 25, 2021 (Thanksgiving Day)
- November 26, 2021 (Native American Heritage Day)
- December 24, 2021 (Christmas Day)
- December 31, 2021 (New Year's Day)
Before Contacting Our Office:
PLEASE NOTE: All requests for support enforcement or paternity establishment services must be made through the Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Child Support (DCS) (external link). Use the link or contact the Division of Child Support directly at 1-800-922-4306 or 1-800-442-5437.
State’s Appearance in Private Family Law Cases
The Family Support Division may elect to appear in private cases solely for the purpose of protecting the State’s financial interest. If you or your child are/or have been a recipient of public assistance benefits from the State of Washington and you are a party in a family law case (such as paternity, divorce, modification, or non-parental custody) the Family Support Division must be notified of the action.
Child Support Basics
DCS = Division of Child Support (Part of DSHS)
PAO = Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
ABD = Aged/Blind/Disabled (DSHS disability benefits)
APA = Administrative Procedure Act (RCW 34.05)
CB = Conference Board
FC = Foster case
LFLR10 = King County Local Family Law Rule 10
NA = Non-Assistance (Non-TANF)
NCP = Non-Custodial Parent
TANF = Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
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