Even if OCSE takes the position that they will not give him credit for the payments, it will be up to the judge to decide whether or not he receives credit (I am assuming that OCSE is going after him for arrears). Keep in mind that OCSE is there to collect child support, not to help out the parent ordered to pay support.
As the cliche goes, hindsight is 20/20, but if you have an order that requires payments to go through the Court's registry or through the Clearinghouse, pay as the order requires because there are cases that have held that anything not paid in the manner ordered could be considered gifts and not support.
In your husband's case, the judge will act as the finder of fact -- meaning he after the presentation of evidence of the intent of the payments the judge will decide whether the payments were gifts, property settlement, or child support.
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This is really a question you need to address to a local attorney who practices family law and who deals with child support issue. They will go over all the facts with you and let you know what can be done. JAG cannot assist him at this point. You might also check if the State Bar has a veteran's legal help program.
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