To obtain child support, the requesting parent must prepare and file a motion or Request for Order (Judicial Council Form FL-300), an Income and Expense Declaration (Judicial Council Form FL-150) or Simplified Financial Statement (Judicial Council Form FL-155) in certain circumstances, and a Proof of Service (usually Judicial Council Form POS-030 or POS-040). The documents must be filed with the court clerk. The requesting parent must also pay to the court clerk a required filing fee for filing the motion or request for order. You can find the statewide filing fee schedule here. Finally, copies of all the documents filed with the court clerk must be served on the other parent.
In the motion or request for order for child support the requesting party must list what relief he or she is asking for. This will consist of child support, and may include a request for spousal support. The requesting parent can also ask for attorneys fees from the other parent. The requesting party also should include a brief statement of his or her earnings or earning potential, as well as the earnings or earning potential of the other spouse. For example, if the requesting parent was the stay-at-home parent during the marriage, hasn’t worked in many years, and has out-of-date skills, the requesting party should state those facts. Also, if the other spouse has been the primary income earner during the marriage, or has a relatively large income compared to the requesting spouse, the requesting spouse should state those facts as well.
The requesting spouse should complete the Income and Expense Declaration completely, and should list income from all sources, as well as all actual, anticipated, or estimated expenses.
The more time the requesting spouse spends preparing a complete and current statement of his or her financial needs and obligations, the better the chance of favorable outcome from the judge.