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Child Support Enforcement

Child support is something fairly new in Indian Country. Currently, there are only 16 tribes in the United States that are operating their own child support program. In the last 6 years, those Tribal Child Support Programs have collected over 68 million dollars. 24 Tribes are in the start-up phase, which means they are creating a child support program unique to their tribe. Many of those tribes anticipate opening their offices in 2008. Tulalip anticipates being able to take cases in early 2009.

Child Support can be confusing and often an emotional event for all parties involved. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section for more information. Please note these are generic questions people ask. Individual cases are unique. To get answers specific to your case, please contact Washington State Child Support or Tulalip Child Support Enforcement.

For more information, please open the Child Support Program PDF link.

For more information, please open the Paternity Flyer PDF link.

Services Provided

  • Promote accountability for financial, medical access through enforcement of child support for the children
  • Ensure the non-custodial parent is satisfying the financial responsibility set by a court to provide the needs of the children
  • Maintain relationships with agencies or departments to enforce or set child support orders
For more information about our recent move, please open the Relocation Letter PDF link:

Helpful Links

Washington State Child Support Office

Phone: 425-438-4888 or 1-800-729-7580 ext 4888

Website: Washington State DSHS - Division of Child Support

Address:
DCS (Division of Child Support)
PO Box 11520
Tacoma, WA 98411


  • If you ever received Medical or State TANF or Tribal TANF, the case manager of that department automatically opens a child support case.
  • You can find information online at http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/dcs or contact the State. They will talk to you about the process and what paperwork you need.
  • Different factors are considered when addressing this question. It is best to contact a case manger.
  • When someone receives grants from State TANF or Tribal TANF, right now, any child support received by the State pays the State and Tribe back first to recover the costs of the assistance received.
  • When someone receives grants from State TANF or Tribal TANF, right now, any child support received by the State pays the State and Tribe back first to recover the costs of the assistance received.
  • The parent will start receiving any child support collected.
  • A parent can request to modify a child support order. Documentation will be required to determine what can be done.
  • A parent can request to modify child support order. Documentation will be required to determine what can be done.
  • No. The State must be aware of changes in the situation before any adjustments are made.
  • If you are on Tribal TANF, TANF gets paid back first. Child Support received above the ordered support obligated, will go to the parent. OR The full amount of child support is not always collected.
  • If they paying parent is working, we can only take up to 50% of their net income.
  • The State must have proof before any adjustments are made. It is best to contact your case manger to speak to them about your concerns.
  • Child Support and visitation are two separate issues. You are still required to pay child support. You can pursue contempt if an established parenting plan is not being followed.
  • When you move or get a new phone number, it is important to call each State or Tribal department you might be working with. If you change it with medical, child support does not automatically get the information right away.
  • Yes. Child support payments can be directly deposited into a bank account or to a DCS Visa card. Check out the website for more information.
  • No. Tribal members or parents of Tribal members can go to Tulalip Tribal Court to establish and enforce child support. Forms are available at Tulalip Tribal Court.
  • The Tulalip Tribes received a start-up grant to create a Child Support Enforcement program. There are several requirements we must meet before we can start taking cases. We anticipate taking cases in early 2009.
  • We will not take all the cases at once. We will gradually take over cases from the State and the Tulalip Tribal Court. When we get closer to taking cases, we will let the community know which cases we will be taking.
  • Currently TCSP does outreach with WA State concerning child support. We can set a meeting or set up a conference call. We are here to help all parents. Stop by or contact Tulalip Child Support Program.

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Address:
Physical:
6406 Marine Drive
Tulalip, WA 98271
(Driving Directions)

Mailing:
8825 34th Ave. NE L-545
Tulalip, WA 98271

Phone:
Main: 360-716-4556

Fax:
360-716-0309