Going to Court
What to Bring with You

If you received a letter from CSSD telling you to come to court, be sure to bring that letter with you.

In most cases, the court and CSSD will need to know the income and certain expenses of both parents to calculate a fair and legally correct amount of child support. Please bring all documents that you have from the following list:

  • Your Income and Expense Declaration - please see below
  • Tax returns for the past two years. If self-employed, bring Schedule “C” and current Profit-and-Loss statement
  • Last three paycheck stubs
  • Proof of unemployment benefits
  • Proof of disability and/or disability benefits
  • Proof of health insurance premium payments
  • Proof of child care expenses
  • Proof of child support and/or spousal support paid by you for any other relationship
  • Proof of visitation and other time that each parent has with the children
  • Proof of biological or legally adopted children living with you
  • Proof of mortgage payments and property tax bill
  • All loan applications (whether or not the loan was granted) for the last two years
  • Any other documents or information the court or CSSD told you to bring
Be sure to complete an Income and Expense Declaration (FL-150) and bring it with you to court. The courts almost always require this declaration before your case can be heard, so you can avoid long delays and repeated court dates by filling out the declaration completely in advance. Need help filling out the Income and Expense Declaration for your next court date? Please view this short video:  
Why these Documents are Needed

The law requires all California courts to order child support in the amount provided in the statewide uniform guidelines. This amount is calculated by entering financial and other information in a computer application called a guideline calculator. Most of that information is found in the documents that you bring to court. For more information on calculating child support, see Calculating Child Support.

I&E Project from CSSD on Vimeo.