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Establishing An Order FAQ

If you do not receive public assistance, you and the other parent may work together with the RCDCSS, a lawyer or on your own to work out an agreement. If the child (ren) receives public assistance or foster-care payments, the RCDCSS will participate in and sign any agreement and will not agree to a support order for less than the amount of support determined under the statewide guidelines.

That depends on the terms of your agreement. The court will look at each parent’s ability to pay, the needs of the child (ren) and the amount of time both parents have custody or visitation of the child (ren). See Calculating Child Support, for more information.

Yes. Health insurance must now be included in any child support order. Even if it is not available immediately, the court order will order the noncustodial parent to provide insurance when it does become available. This applies to all cases.

Unless he/she has assets, like property or income from an outside source or from a work release program, it is unlikely that support can be collected until he/she gets out of jail and receives income or acquires property.

You may call our office or Family Law Facilitator to discuss the case. You may also respond to the Summons and Complaint by completing the Answer and filing it with the Superior Court clerk within 30 days. A blank Answer is supplied with the Summons and Complaint.

The Proposed Judgment served with the Summons and Complaint will be the order of the court if the noncustodial parent does not respond.

Yes. If you respond to the Summons and Complaint and contest the amount of child support or paternity, you will be given a court date.

The amount of child support is based on the income of both parents and the amount of time each parent cares for the child. The court uses child support guidelines provided by the California Family Code.

The amount of child support is based on the income of both parents and the amount of time each parent cares for the child. The court uses child support guidelines provided by the California Family Code.

Prior to 1997, it was the state’s policy not to allow fathers to sign paternity declarations prior to the child’s birth because we did not believe there was sufficient authority in the law to warrant such an allowance. However, effective January 1, 1997, there were some significant changes in the California Family Code and Health and Safety Code, which supported allowing fathers to sign paternity declarations prior to a child’s birth. First, Health and Safety Code Section 10425 was amended to require a father not married to the child’s mother to sign a paternity declaration or adjudicate paternity in court in order to have his name included as the father on the child’s birth certificate. California Family Code 7570(e), allowing prenatal clinics to offer prospective parents the opportunity to sign voluntary acknowledgements of paternity was enacted by the legislature. Finally, California Family Code Section 7573, which states completed and signed voluntary paternity declarations filed with the state, shall have the same force and effect as a judgment of paternity, and was enacted by the legislature.

We believe it was the legislature’s intent in enacting the laws described above to allow unmarried parents to complete paternity declarations prior to the child’s birth. We believe this policy affords a father who is unable to be present at the time of his child’s birth, the same opportunity to declare paternity and get his name on his child’s birth certificate as a father who is present at his child’s birth. In applying this policy, we recommend it only be used when the father will be unable to be present at the time of the child’s birth.

Furthermore, although the mother should enter her identifying information at the time the father signs it, we strongly recommend mothers not to sign the form until the child has been born. In such cases, all fields on the form, except the child’s name and date of birth, should be completed at the time it is signed by the father.

Yes. You can avoid going to court by signing a Legal Agreement (stipulation). The noncustodial parent and our office can agree (stipulate) on the amount of child support if the custodial parent is receiving public assistance. If neither parent is receiving public assistance, then both parents may sign a legal agreement that establishes paternity and makes a formal arrangement to make child support payments.

The stipulation contains the agreement that the noncustodial parent is: 1) The parent of child, 2) Willing to pay child support, 3) Willing to provide health insurance for the child if it is available through the parent's employer, and 4) Willing to allow the court to enter an order without appearing in court.

📅 We are Open Saturday May 15th!-Virtual Appointment Only

Be sure to get your Virtual Appointment Soon!

We are here to help! On Saturday, May 15th, 2021, we will be open virtually from 8:00 am -12:00 pm. Questions about applying for child support? Do you want to establish or modify your current child support order? Do you owe child support? We can help! 

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FREE Virtual WorkShop! Learn about the visitation calculator

The time you spend with your child can affect how much you pay in support!

RivCoDCSS is hosting a FREE Virtual Workshop. Join us live, May 20th, 2021, at 2 pm! We will provide up-to-date information regarding child support services and programs impacted by COVID-19 and we are featuring special guest Paola Castro, Department of Child Support, Deputy Attorney IV-S! & Superior Court Family Law Facilitators. 

We know that for some of you, the need for financial support for your children has increased. Many parents are experiencing the financial hardship of lost wages and worrying about the penalties for missed payments. This workshop can help you find some resources that may help! 

Tune in for more information! The virtual workshop will go live on our Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/RCDCSS/)

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☕ Just Brewed! Coffee Break Episode 4 Featuring DPSS

With your host Nathan Hartel & Special Guests: Department of Public Social Services

Welcome to RivCoDCSS Season 3 Episode 4 Coffee Break Podcast and “all things child support” with Host Nathan Hartel, Deputy Director of Programs and Operations. Special Guest today is Marivel Castaneda, Sr. Program Specialist, and Alisa Smith, Supervising Employment Services Counselor from our Community Partner, Department of Social Services (DPSS). The focus of this podcast is the self-sufficiency programs offered by DPSS, including the Welfare to Work Program.

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☕ Coffee Breaks Episode 3 with Special Guest First 5 Riverside!!!

with your host Deputy Director Nathan Hartel

It’s here! RivCoDCS’S Coffee Break Podcast, Episode 3 in our 3rd Seasons installment with our host Nathan Hartel, Deputy Director of Programs and Operations. In this podcast, we have Special Guest Tammi Graham, Executive Director for our community partner First 5 Riverside. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax, and listen to the podcast on our website, YouTube or subscribe to your podcast client! If you’ve never heard of First 5 you will be pleasantly surprised by their resources! 

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More COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Available for Riverside County Residents

Participants must register and have an appointment to get vaccinated

Riverside County residents who qualify are being encouraged to make an appointment to get their COVID-19 vaccination by signing up through the Riverside University Health System-Public Health website.
Hundreds of appointments are available through Friday at the four county-run clinics and those operated by Curative and OptumServe in Riverside County. Click on title for more information.

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Board of Supervisors Appoint New Health Officer

Riverside County News Release

During yesterday's closed session meeting, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors appointed Dr. Geoffrey Leung as the county’s new health officer, effective immediately.
Dr. Leung has been an integral member of the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic for the past year. Most recently, Dr. Leung has led the county’s Incident Management Team for the Riverside County vaccine rollout since December.

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Coffee Break's Episode 2 with Special Guest DPSS! Available Now! ☕

listen to our Expresso Shot! with Nathan Hartel & Department of Public Social Service (DPSS)

RivCoDCSS Coffee Break Podcast Season 3, Episode 2 with our host Nathan Hartel, Deputy Director of Programs and Operations is available now! This episode is an “Espresso Shot”, quick, over fast, but full of flavor and packs a punch! Information is shared about the RivCoDCSS helpful resource page and a new Job and Career Resource page.  Upcoming events are discussed!  Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and listen to the podcast on our website, youtube or subscribe on your podcast client! It’s an episode not to miss! 

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Coffee Break Podcast! New Season 3 is Here!

with Nathan Hartel

Riverside County Department of Child Support Services (RivCoDCSS) Season 3 will focus on our Community Partners and the Resources available to Riverside County residents. These Community Partners have the same ideals and commitment as RivCoDCSS to serve our clients and the community.

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New Services Fees

https://childsupport.ca.gov/servicefees/

Starting in February 2021, all credit and debit card transactions will include a service fee. You have four (4) options to make a payment with your credit or debit card.

Online:

  • Credit and debit cards processed online will charge a 1.9% service fee on every transaction. This fee is paid to the card processor and is not kept by Child Support Services.
  • Make an online payment now.

By phone:

  • Credit and debit cards processed over the phone will charge a 1.9% service fee on every transaction. This fee is paid to the card processor and is not kept by Child Support Services.
  • Make a payment over the phone now at 1-866-901-3212 and select Option 1.

At your local child support agency:

  • Credit and debit cards processed through an automated payment kiosk will charge a 2.2% service fee on every transaction. This fee is paid to the card processor and is not kept by Child Support Services.
  • To find out if your county has an automated payment kiosk available, check the listing on our Find A Local Office page. 

With PayPal:

  • There is a 2.49% ($3.95 minimum) service fee on every transaction. This fee is paid to the card processor and is not kept by Child Support Services.
  • You will need your Participant ID number and a PayPal account.
  • Make a PayPal payment now.
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COVID-19 Updates

Get up to date information regarding COVID-19 changes. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, California Child Support Services realizes the impact this is likely to have on case participants.  We know that for some of you, the need for financial support for your children will continue or increase. Paying parents may be experiencing the financial hardship of lost wages and worrying about the penalties for missed payments.

For up to date information, click here:

http://www.childsupport.ca.gov/covid-19-updates

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