Term Child Support Assistance/Enforcement
Code FT-3000.1600
Definition Programs that provide assistance which helps to ensure that parents fulfill their mutual obligation to financially support and provide health care for their children. Included are services for people who want to locate an absent parent; establish paternity; establish a child support order; request that the non-custodial parent provide health insurance for a child in conjunction with a child support order; change the amount of a child support award; dispute a child support award; or enforce payment of child support monies in cases where the supporting parent is delinquent in paying or refuses to pay or make health insurance arrangements altogether. Child support is money paid by one parent to another for the maintenance, including the education, of their children following the dissolution of their marriage or other relationship. Non-custodial parents enrolled in an insurance plan at work may be required to include the child under this coverage while those not covered by any insurance plan may be required to obtain medical coverage, if available at a reasonable cost. Child support assistance/enforcement may be provided by private attorneys, legal clinics, family law facilitators' offices or child support enforcement programs which are available in all states, often as a component of the district attorney's office.
Created 3/16/92
Changed 2/13/13
Use References Child Medical Coverage Assistance
Child Support Enforcement
Failure to Provide Child Support
Late Child Support Checks
Refusal to Pay Child Support
Support Order Modifications
See Also References Child Custody/Support Related Support Groups (PN-8100.6500-120)
Child Support Petition Filing Offices (FJ-1600.1550)
Child Support Wage Assignment Assistance (FT-9200.1500)
Federal Parent Locator Service (FT-3000.2000)
Parent Rights Classes (PH-6100.6550)
Paternity/Maternity Establishment (LF-5350.6500)
Support Orders (DF-7000.8330)
External Classification Terms Legal Aid-Civil (UW
Legal, Consumer and Public Safety Services (USA LE-450)
Legal/Public Safety (CAN LP-450)
Legal Services (NTE I80)
Personal Safety (ACH E-01)
Specialized Law Practice Areas (NPC I06)
Related Concepts Children and Youth
Early Childhood Programs/Services
Ex-Offender/Reentry Services
Facet Service
Bibliographic References “Child Support Handbook”, California Department of Child Support Services, http://www.childsup.cahwnet.gov/pub/brochures/pub160.pdf

“Paying Child Support in Pennsylvania: What Non-Custodial Parents Need to Know”, http://www.greenepa.net/~gcdc/support.html NOTE: this document is no longer available.

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