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Information Regarding Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits

Click here for The Employment Development Department (EDD) promotes California's economic growth by providing services to keep employers, employees, and job seekers competitive. In addition to the services provided by EDD, below is a list of additional resources that may assist you. 

Changing Your Child Support Amount

If there has been a change in your financial situation, a new court order must be signed and filed with the court to change the amount of child support due for your case. It does not happen automatically when you lose your job or your pay is reduced. California law allows for modification (adjustment) of a child support order when there is a change of circumstance. If a modification is requested, the amount of support ordered may go up or down. Changes to your support order are effective on the date ordered by the court.

Requesting a Modification

There are two methods available to modify your current child support amount: 1) Contact us at 1(866) 901-3212 and request a review and adjustment of your current support amount; or 2) you may file a motion to modify with the court. Assistance in preparing a modification motion is available through the ACCESS Center for Family Law and Self Help Services located at 400 McAllister Street, Room 509, San Francisco, CA 94102-4514. Their phone number is (415) 551-5880 [24 hours recorded information]. 

Custodial and Noncustodial Employment Training Program (C-NET)

C-NET is a program designed to assist custodial and noncustodial parents overcome barriers which prevent them from meeting their support obligation. This includes parents with prior incarceration, lack of education, poor work or training experience, etc. C-NET provides the assistance with your child support case while you obtain the education and training necessary to secure employment. Once employed, C-NET will work with you to re-calculate your monthly child support payment. In the meantime, if you have no income or very low income, your current child support payments may be temporarily reserved.

Those enrolled in the C-NET program receive personal management of their case, direct phone access to their case manager, flexible appointment schedules, custody and visitation referrals, a temporary stay of enforcement of their child support balance, release of their drivers’ license, review of their current support obligation, and access to peer support groups. If interest, please contact a C-NET representative at (415)356-2900.