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Department of Child Support Services

Title Company Information

Real Property Liens

Title companies play a critical role in the collection of child support. The child support agencies throughout the State are required to file liens and Abstracts of Judgment in all cases where there is an active child obligation. Whenever the support obligor buy, sells or refinances a piece of real estate, the abstracts and liens ensure that the obligor's support obligation take precedence and their children benefit in some manner from the transaction.

Escrow agents encounter liens and abstracts frequently in handling real estate transactions. This web page is designed to answer the questions you may have when you encounter a support lien or abstract and advise you on the most efficient way to handle your inquires and interaction with the Department of Child Support Services. This will ensure your escrow transaction is handled in the most efficient manner possible.

Due to the large amount of child support cases that we manage, we ask that when you are requesting a release of lien or abstract, please make sure it is done well in advance of closure. This will allow us ample time to process your request and not delay the closure process.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We have knowledgeable employees to serve you and our child support customers. Thank you in advance for your support.

Include the following client information when requesting a lien release:

  • Complete Statement of Information for the individual requesting release
  • Agency Contact Information
  • Title Information
  • Complete copy of all recorded documents requiring release from this department

Contact Information: 1 (866) 901-3212

Fax request to: 1 (209) 468-2626 (Legal Department)

Mail Payments to:

California State Disbursement Unit
PO Box 989067
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9067

Obtaining a Release

The lien will be released only after the payment posts to the account. A letter will be mailed with the release. The release must then be recorded with the Assessor/Recorder's Office. This department requests the Assessor/Recorder's office send a copy to the obligor.

Note

Submit release requests early to allow for ample processing time.