Q. How do I verify child support payments?
A. All payment verification must be done by the SDU unit in Columbia. Please call 1-800-768-5858 or log into the SCDSS Child Support Customer Service Website at https://clientportal.dss.sc.gov to create your own child support account. You will be able to access payment information, personal information, case information and appointments.


Q. What forms of payment are accepted for Child Support?
A. Child support must be sent directly to the SDU Unit in Columbia, S.C. The address is:

South Carolina State Disbursement Unit
P.O. Box 100302
Columbia, SC 29202-3302


Q. How do I file for child support?
A. You may come to the office and fill out an application, the fee is $150.00 or you may receive an application to file through South Carolina Dept. of Social Services, Child Support Enforcement (SCDSS). There is no fee for this application. 


Q. What can I do if I am not receiving child support after it is ordered through the Court?
A. We have Clerks in Family Court available to discuss your case in our office.


Q. When will I receive my Child Support payments?
A. All child support payment questions should be made to the SDU Unit in Columbia.


Q. What do I need to know to obtain a passport?
A. Click HERE to obtain information required to obtain a passport and other information about documents you may need when traveling outside the United States.


Q. How do I change my address and/or name?
A. You may come into the office and fill out a form (link to Change of Address Form) at the payment window or mail to Family Court, P. O. Box 620, Walterboro, South Carolina 29488 or fax the information to our office at (843)549-7740. We will need a copy of your picture ID.


Q, How do I get a divorce? Custody? Legal Separation? An Annulment?
A. You will need legal advice to complete the necessary actions required. We suggest you contact an attorney. We are not able to refer you to a specific attorney. Please check your local telephone directory.


Q. I’m not being allowed visitation as the Judge ordered. What can I do?
A. If you have specific dates/times in a court order, come to the office and request the “Contempt of Visitation” forms. The charge for filing a Motion is $25.00.


Q. Where can I research Civil/Common Pleas, Criminal/General Sessions information online?
A. Visit www.colletoncounty.org


Q. Does this office provide Criminal/Civil record checks?
A. Our office does not provide record checks. We do provide a statement as to anything filed of record at a cost of $5.00. The individual requesting the statement must come in with their photo identification, social security number and date of birth.