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If you owe child support arrears to the government because your child received public assistance (“welfare” or foster care), you may qualify for one of California’s arrears reduction programs. As of May 2021 debt reduction program requirements have changed. If you applied in the past you should apply again as you may qualify under the new program. 

Debt Reduction Program (DRP)

The Child Support Debt Reduction Program 

The Debt Reduction Program provides eligible parents with past-due child support payments the opportunity to reduce the amount they owe to the government. This debt, called "arrears," is owed to the government if your dependent children received public assistance (welfare) or were in foster care while you were not paying court-ordered child support. Those programs are paid for by the state using taxpayer dollars, and federal and state law require that you reimburse the state for supporting your children during that time. If you qualify, you will be able to offer a compromise repayment to the state. In other words, you may offer to reduce the debt by paying an amount that is less than the full amount you owe. Any reduction in your arrears and interest owed will be based on your income and assets. Each person's child support case, or cases, is different. Arrears may be paid off all at once in a lump sum, or over time in a payment plan, depending upon the details of your case. 

Any debt reduction agreement must take into consideration the needs of the children named in the child support order and the parent's ability to pay. 

Any reduction in your arrears will be based on your income, assets and expenses. If you hide or lie about information, or you do not make the payments after an agreement has been reached, the California Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) will cancel the agreement and remove you from the Debt Reduction Program (DRP).

Qualifying for the Debt Reduction Program:

  • To qualify, you must be able to pay both your current child support obligation AND an ongoing debt payment. If you don't owe current support, only the ability to make the debt payment is considered.
  • Your current income, assets, and cost of living are all taken into account, as is the total size and makeup of your family.
  • As a general rule, if it is determined that your situation makes it unlikely that you could pay off the total debt within twelve months, you may qualify for the debt reduction program.
  • EVERY case is different, and these are very general items for review. Other details of your case may also affect your eligibility.

In addition, you may qualify for increased debt reduction of child support arrears if:

  • You are or have been a Reservist or member of the National Guard
  • You were activated to military service
  • Your income was reduced due to the activation
  • Your delay or failure to modify your support order was reasonable under the circumstances
  • Your support order would have been reduced had you requested a modification timely

For more information, visit the state's Debt Reduction Program page.

You can view our latest DRP Virtual Workshop Below

Compromise of Assigned Arrearages-Family Reunification (COAA-FR)

California has adopted the COAA-FR program to help bring parents and children placed in out-of-home care back together. This program allows the compromise of child support arrears owed to the government when a child who was placed in foster care, or with a relative caretaker or guardian, later returns to the home of a parent who was ordered to pay support.

You may qualify for this program if:

You are the parent of a child and you owe support debt to the government because your child received aid from one of the following while your child was not living with either parent:

  • Aid to Families with Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC-FC)
  • California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)
  • Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment (KinGAP)
  • ONE of the following situations applies: Your child was made a dependent of the court, placed in foster care, and the court later gave custody to you – OR – Your child was voluntarily placed with a relative or guardian (not the other parent); and the child lived with you at some point in the past.
  • Your child is living with you now at least 50% of the time
  • Your child has not reached the age of majority (AOM) or emancipated
  • Your net disposable income (after taxes) is less than 250% of the federal poverty level and a compromise is necessary to help you support the child
  • You are following any reunification plan required by the county welfare department or the court

For more information, visit the Family Law website.

 

The Riverside Superior Court Self Help Center Child Support | Will not have In-Person Service January

In-person assistance is not available for the month of January 2022

Due to the current rising surge of the Coronavirus and for the safety of the public and its employees the Riverside County Superior Court Self Help Services located at the Riverside Child Support Office will not be providing in-person assistance for the month of January. Customers who come into the Riverside Child Support offices will be directed to their afternoon Child Support Clinic, from 2-4 PM, via phone or zoom. We thank you for your patience and understanding during these trying times as we work together to stay safe. 

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The DCSS court interview offices in Indio will be CLOSED, the Family Court is NOT Closed

DCSS will not be available for in-person interviews at the Indio Family Court (small office in Department 2E) from Thursday, January 13, 2022, through Thursday, January 27, 2022. 

THE FAMILY COURT IS NOT CLOSED. ALL DCSS CHILD SUPPORT COURT HEARINGS REMAIN AS SCHEDULED AND WILL BE CONDUCTED TELEPHONICALLY DURING THE CLOSURE PERIOD.

  • For hearings in the Indio Family Court, call (760) 863-2980

If you do not check in for your hearing, the court may enter orders against you in your absence.

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The DCSS court interview offices in Riverside & Hemet will be CLOSED, the Family Court is NOT Closed

The DCSS court interview offices in Riverside (3760 12th St, Riverside, CA 92507) and Hemet (880 N State St, Suite B1, Hemet, CA 92543) will be closed from Thursday, January 13, 2022, through Thursday, January 27, 2022.

THE FAMILY COURT IS NOT CLOSED. ALL DCSS CHILD SUPPORT COURT HEARINGS REMAIN AS SCHEDULED AND WILL BE CONDUCTED TELEPHONICALLY DURING THE CLOSURE PERIOD.

  1. For hearings in Riverside Family Court, call # 951-955-4520 by 8:30 AM to check-in for your hearing. 
  • For hearings in Hemet Family Court, call # 951-791-2251 by 8:30 AM to check in your hearing. 
  • If you do not check-in for your hearing, the court may enter orders against you in your absence.

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The 2022 Pass Through Increase: Effective January 1, 2022

ATTENTION: Parents Currently Receiving Cash Assistance from CalWorks

Starting January 1, 2022, if you receive cash assistance for your child or children through the CalWORKs program, the amount of the current month’s child support payment that is “passed through” to you may change from $50 up to $100 if you have one child, and up to $200 if you have two or more children living in the home. This is because the law that covers this “pass-through” has permanently changed. If the current child support collected is less than $100 for 1 child or less than $200 for 2 or more children, you will only receive the amount collected, NOT the increased amount. There is no action required and the increase will automatically start for child support collected on or after January 1, 2022. Have questions or want more information? Call us at (866) 901-3212 or visit childsupport.ca.gov/faq

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We are experiencing a power outage at this time and we temporarily do not have access to our case system. We thank you in advance for your patience as we work on correcting this issue!

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Masks are required for all individuals in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status

December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022 (surgical masks or higher-level respirators are recommended)

Masking Requirements

The COVID-19 vaccines remain effective in preventing serious disease, hospitalization, and death from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Unvaccinated persons are more likely to get infected and spread the virus which is transmitted through the air and concentrates indoors. To ensure that we collectively protect the health and well-being of all Californians; keep schools open for in-person instruction; and allow California's economy to remain open and thrive, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is requiring masks to be worn in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, for the next four weeks (December 15, 2021, through January 15, 2022).

 

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FREE Virtual Workshop: Debt Reduction Program 💵- New!!

Learn how you can reduce your child support debt!!!

RivCoDCSS is hosting a FREE Virtual Workshop. Join us live, August 19th, 2021, at 10:00 am!

We will provide up-to-date information regarding child support services and programs impacted by COVID-19 and we are featuring the new Debt Reduction Program and will share who may qualify and how to apply!

Thursday, August 19th, 2021 - Live at 10:00 am

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FREE Virtual Workshop: Featuring Supervisor Chuck Washington's 3rd District Staff!

Learn how the Supervisors Office can assist you with the helpful resources they offer!

RivCoDCSS is hosting a FREE Virtual Workshop. Join us live, August 4th, 2021, at 10:00 am!

We will provide up-to-date information regarding child support services and programs impacted by COVID-19 and we are featuring the Supervisor Chuck Washingtons Staff who will share the many resources offered by his office to constituents!

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021 - Live at 10:00 am

 

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