We recognize that many of our parents and caretakers may be called to active duty in the United States' military. If you are called to active duty, you are protected under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), formerly called the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act. The purpose of the SCRA is to allow United States military personnel to devote their full attention to the defense of our nation by temporarily suspending judicial and administrative civil proceedings that may impact their rights.
You may visit the California Department of Child Support Services website by clicking Recently Activated Military Personnel.
Some of the protections you may be entitled to under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) are:
Stay of Proceedings
You may be entitled to place court proceedings on hold for a certain period of time. This is called a "stay" of proceedings. You must show that you cannot attend the proceedings due to military service.
Stay of Execution (Enforcement) of a Judgment
A service member can request that the court stop the execution of a judgment, attachment, or garnishment order. You must show the court that the military service prevented you from complying with the judgment and that the support case began prior to, during, or within 90 days after your military service.
Expedited Modification of Support
If you have a child support obligation, or are receiving child support payments for a child in your custody, and are being deployed out-of-state, you have an opportunity to request a review and possible modification of the child support order before you deploy.
You may request that the interest rate being charged on child support arrears that accrued prior to your deployment be reduced to 6% for the duration of your deployment. To be eligible for a reduction in the interest rate, you must prove that your activation to military service has a "material effect" on your ability to pay the usual interest rate of 10%. Generally, this would be the case if you were earning more before your deployment.
To request a reduction in the interest rate please submit a Notice of Deployment - Request for Review of Child Support Order (DCSS 0585) to our office. You must also provide documentation of active duty status and provide the date when active duty began.
Military Compromise of Arrears Program (Military COAP)
The Military COAP Program allows the compromise of child support arrears owed to the government, which accrued during military service by a select group of NCPs. Eligibility is limited to a Reservist or a member of the National Guard whose income decreased due to activation to military service.
For assistance or to find our more about your rights, you may contact the Office of the Family Law Facilitator.
Riverside County Department of Veteran's Services
Provides assistance for active duty military, veterans, dependents, spouses and survivors to obtain all the benefits they are due from federal, state and local sources. This includes VA disability claims, college fee waivers, education, in-home supportive services, emergency needs (shelter), survivor's compensation claims, non-service connected pensions, death pensions, appeals for veteran benefits and much more. Please visit their website for a full listing of all assistance they provide to Veterans and schedule your free comprehensive benefit counseling session today.
Veteran's Need Assessment
If you are a veteran, please take the time to complete this survey so the county can better meet your needs. We encourage you to send the link to other veterans you know in Riverside County.
Click here for the veteran's survey!
American Psychological Association
"Resilience in a Time of War: Homecoming". Online material to help those returning from military service, as well as their families
The Health Resource Center (HRC)
ext. 6197 or 1-(800)741-8387
Provides information on health, prevention and diseases that affect veterans today and has many support groups located in the Loma Linda VA Medical Center, first floor, room 1F20.
US Department of Veterans Affairs
California department of Veterans Affairs
Corona Vet Center
San Bernardino Vet Center
Offers: individual, group, marital, and bereavement counseling; assistance in applying for VA benefits; medical referrals/liaison with VAMS; employment referral/assistance from a Vet Rep with EDD; information and referral to community resources; sexual trauma counseling and referral; and community education.
The Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255 and Press 1
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.