Ask the Local Child Support Agency to establish parentage
If you need to establish that you or another person is the legal parent of your child (called parentage), you can do this through your Local Child Support Agency (LCSA). They will start a court case to establish parentage. They can set up genetic testing and ask for a child support order. This service is free.
How to ask the LCSA to start a case
Fill out an application online
A lawyer from the LCSA can file the papers to start the case with the court. When the LCSA lawyer files a case, they can also file papers asking for a child support and health insurance order.
They can arrange for genetic testing for free.
The LCSA may start a case on its own
If a parent receives money from the government for their children (for example, if they receive Cal-Works), the LCSA automatically gets involved and opens a case.
When it files a case, the lawyer from the LCSA may also file papers asking for a child support order. Find out more about child support, including what it means to have LCSA involved in your case and what free help your court has.