Child Support Enforcement



Legal Services Offered

The Family Support Division represents the State of Washington, and provides the following legal services:

  • Judicial establishment of paternity and child support including requests from other counties, states, and Tribes
  • Enforcement of support orders when parents fail to pay court-ordered child support through the contempt process
  • Prosecution of interstate cases for paternity and child support orders on the same basis as in-state cases
  • Modification of existing child support orders
  • Representation of state interest in private dissolution, parentage, and non parental custody actions when tax dollars have been expended to support a child
  • Legal representation of the Division of Child Support, a division of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), in lawsuits challenging the agency’s collection actions against parents owing a duty of support


The Family Support Division does not represent parents or other individuals in child support cases.  For a case to be initiated by the prosecutor's office, it must be referred by the Division of Child Support (DCS). Apply for child support services.

Office Location

Family Support Division
108 W Marcy Avenue; Montesano, WA. 
(360) 249-4075 
Office hours are: M, T, Th, Fr 8:00-5:00 and W 8:30-4:30.

Related Links

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services - Division of Child Support

Northwest Justice Project - Free civil legal assistance and representation for low-income clients