Serving our Military Community
The Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) recognizes that military personnel and their families have unique circumstances that may affect their child support obligation or their ability to pay support.
- Change of duty stations
- Medical discharges
All of these represent significant changes in circumstances for the service member and their family. To meet these needs, DCSS has added a Military and Veteran’s Liaison to our team of child support professionals. This liaison is available to work with the military or veteran case participant and their assigned caseworker to:
- Report changes before they occur to ensure that modifications are effective as close to the actual change in circumstances as possible.
- Provide referrals and information regarding resources available to assist service members and their families with their non-DCSS related concerns.
Contact our military and veterans liaison direct at 858-650-5324.
- Service members Civil Relief ACT (SCRA)
Active duty military personnel have specific protections that may impact child support under the Service members Civil Relief ACT (SCRA). SCRA was passed by Congress to provide protection for individuals entering or called to active duty in the military service. Among other things, it is intended to postpone or suspend specific civil obligations to enable service members to devote full attention to their military duty. Reservists and members of the National Guard also get the benefits of the SCRA while on active duty. The protection begins on the date the individual enters active duty and terminates within 90 to 180 days after the date of discharge from active duty.
Visit this link for specific information about SCRA.
- National Guard and Reserves
Amended Family Code Section 3651 now provides that when a member of the National Guard or a military reservist is a party to a child support order and is activated and deployed out-of-state, the service member may request an expedited modification to his/her child support order prior to his/her activation.
Visit this link for forms and further information about the Review and Adjustment of Child Support Orders for Military and Service members Deployed Out-of-State.
You may also visit the State of California Web site for more information on child support and the military information.
- California Veterans Legal Task Force (CVLTF)
- County Veterans Service Office
- Courage to Call / 2-1-1 San Diego
- Operation Homefront
- Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) (VA Social Workers)
- Veterans Community Services
- Vets' Community Connections (VCC)
Central San Diego
North San Diego
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why should I meet with or contact the Military Liaison?
The military liaison is ready to help you with all your case related issues. The liaison understands the unique circumstances service members face and is ready to assist you with any questions or concerns.
- Why should I show up for the Case Resolution Meeting?
If you are the non-custodial parent, it is better to help negotiate the child support amount rather than having the court determine the support amount without you.
- What happens if I don’t show up to a scheduled Service of Process appointment?
If you fail to show up for an appointment, the department can contact your legal services, magistrates, or civil processing office.
- Am I admitting paternity by showing up to my Service of Process appointment?
No, you will simply be served with the initial pleadings for support. You will have the opportunity to discuss paternity with the child support services representative during your appointment.
- Can I take my paternity test through the military rather than the Department of Child Support
No. The DCSS vendor is available for testing nationwide for service members or veterans located outside of San Diego County.
- Will my command find out about the child support obligation?
There is usually no need to contact your command regarding your child support order. The child support payments will be automatically deducted from your paycheck.
- Do I have to get a health insurance identification card for my dependents?
A notification letter is sent to the custodial parent including a copy of the order. Usually, involvement from the noncustodial parent isn’t necessary.
- If I’m not a resident of California, can the department still establish an order?
Yes, according to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act of 1996, UIFSA.
- How does the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) affect me?
The SCRA offers specific protection to active duty military personnel. Read the SCRA, for more information.