Address:
Physical:
6406 Marine Dr.
Tulalip, WA 98271

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

Phone:
Main:360-716-4556
Fax: 360-716-0309

Child Support Enforcement

Frequently Asked Questions

How is a child support case established? I never opened a case.
If you ever received Medical or State TANF or Tribal TANF, the case manager of that department automatically opens a child support case.

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I want to establish a child support order, what do I do? What paperwork do I need?
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.

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How far back can I go to request child support?
Different factors are considered when addressing this question. It is best to contact a case manger.

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The parent paying child support says they have been paying child support; I have not received any checks.
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.

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I have been paying child support on a monthly basis. The parent says they are not receiving any money. Where is the money going?
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.

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What if I am not on TANF anymore?
The parent will start receiving any child support collected.

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Can I increase the child support I am receiving?
A parent can request to modify a child support order. Documentation will be required to determine what can be done.

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I am not making as much money as I did when child support was established, what do I do?
A parent can request to modify child support order. Documentation will be required to determine what can be done.

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Is the child support order modified automatically for paying parent or parent receiving child support?
No. The State must be aware of changes in the situation before any adjustments are made.

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What if I know the parent paying child support is making more money now, but still paying the same amount of child support set 10 years ago?
Contact your case manager for modification papers.

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Why do I only get a small amount of child support when I thought the order was higher?
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.

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Why isn’t the State collecting the full amount of child support?
If they paying parent is working, we can only take up to 50% of their net income.

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What if I know the paying parent is making more money than they are reporting?
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.

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I don’t want to pay child support because the custodial parent will not let me see the kids.
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.

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Can I stop the other parent from seeing the kids if they are not paying child support?
No. Child support and visitation are separate issues.

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I moved recently, how do I update my contact information?
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.

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I lost all the paperwork, where can I get information on my case?
Contact the State Child Support Office.

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I can not always make it to the bank when I get a check in the mail. Does the State offer direct deposit or something like that?
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.

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I am a Tribal member; do I have to go to the State to request child support?
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.

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When is the Tulalip Child Support Enforcement office going to open?
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.

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Will Tulalip take over all the cases?
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.

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Still have questions?
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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