The SDU collects and disburses court-ordered child support payments including payments made by wage withholding for private (Non IV-D) cases.If you have a private child support case, it is considered Non IV-D and means that your case is not being enforced by the State or the LCSA.In private cases, the State only processes payments made by wage withholding order through the employer of the parent paying support.

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Child support is defined by law as the ongoing monetary expenditures and payments necessary to cover a child’s living and medical expenses.

If you have applied for services, or if an application has been filed on your behalf with the LCSA, your case is considered IV-D.

For more information read PUB 245: Your Guide to Child Support Services.

In 1996, the Federal Personal Responsibility and Work Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) mandated that each state must create a centralized location to process all child support payments.

The centralized location in California is called the California State Disbursement Unit (SDU).

Both parents have a legal duty to provide financial support for their children.

The court may order either or both parents to make ongoing payments to cover a child’s living and medical expenses.