Military Information

Military Personnel and Veterans
 

Enlisting
Military
Veterans
State DCSS Military Information


Individuals who wish to enlist
 

Enlistment can be affected by non-payment or under-payment of child support.For those who want to enlist, Tulare County Department of Child Support Services can help by facilitating payment or clearing of arrears balances through our Compromise Of Arrears Program or other alternative payment resources.

Military Personnel
 

Military Activation

If someone is a Reservist or a member of the National Guard that has recently been activated/mobilized, Tulare County Department of Child Support Services (TCDCSS) can provide important information regarding a number of child support issues which may arise as a result of activation.

Review and Adjustments

The federal law called The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) offers certain benefits to a parent who has recently been called to active duty as a result of our War on Terrorism, the war in Iraq, or other United States action that deploys service members into active military duty.

  • If a Service member’s income has gone down since they were called to active military service, they may be able to have their current child support amount changed.
  • A Service member may also receive a lower interest rate charged on any past due child support owed before they were called to active military service.

Changes to Child Support Orders

If a service member was called to active military service and is a Custodial Party (CP) or Non-custodial Parent (NCP), TCDCSS must allow service members to request a review of their current support order. The review process may result in an upward or downward change or no change. Once the review has been completed, both parents must receive a notice.

Lower Interest Rate on Past Due Support

Service members may also ask for a lower interest rate on child support arrearages under the SCRA. The interest rate on unpaid child support is usually ten percent in California. However, service members may request TCDCSS to lower the interest rate from ten percent down to six percent charged on past due support that was owed before the date they entered into active duty military service.

The request for a lower interest rate must be in writing and say that you are making this request because of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. Documentation must also be provided of active duty status and the date when active duty began.

Drivers/Professional License Release

If a drivers/professional license has been suspended due to non-payment of child support, TCDCSS can assist service members and veterans in releasing suspended licenses.

Veterans

Compromises
 

Re-enlistment can be affected by non-payment or under-payment of child support.For those who want to re-enlist or who are Veterans, Tulare County Child Support Services (TCDCSS) can help by facilitating payment or clearing of arrears balances through our Compromise Of Arrears Program or other alternative payment resources.

For individuals who wish to re-enlist, TCDCSS can assist cases with arrears by compromising and facilitating payments on arrears.Non-Custodial Parents (NCPs) interested in a compromise for military personnel should contact TCDCSS.

Drivers/Professional License Release

If a drivers/professional license has been suspended due to non-payment of child support, TCDCSS can assist service members and veterans in releasing suspended licenses.

Disability

If a Veteran has been deemed by the military as 100% permanently disabled, has no attachable assets, and no ability to work due to disability, their child support case can be closed.