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Reservists -- Check Child Support Rules for Mobilization

National Guard Bureau

CLEVELAND, Feb. 19, 2003 – Guard and Reserve members who have child support obligations and whose civilian income is larger than their military one should review their rights before they get orders.

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service's Garnishment Operations Directorate has been working with the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement to address child support payment issues related to activated reservists.

One scenario of concern, said Rod Winn, director of garnishment operations, is a reservist whose child support order is based on civilian income and doesn't take into account a possible loss of income caused by military activation. Neither the obligation nor the payment due is affected automatically by military service except as the support order may state.

Reservists who need relief have to ask for a review and modification of the child support obligation from their appropriate state child support agency, he said. For more information, he said, visit the Web sites below:

"This issue can have serious consequences for the reserve military member and dependent children relying on the support," Winn said. "All reservists with support obligations are urged to review the garnishment guidelines."

(Adapted from a Defense Finance and Accounting news release.)

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