Interstate Child Support: Wage Witholding Not Fulfilling Expectations

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DIANE Publishing, Aug 1, 1995 - 72 pages
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Examines procedures used in interstate wage withholding. Gauges the uniformity of these procedures among states. Estimates the time taken to serve a wage withholding order on an employee and identifies the factors contributing to processing time. 31 charts and tables.
 

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Page 72 - Child Support Enforcement: A Framework for Evaluating Costs, Benefits, and Effects GAO/PEMD-91-6 Mar.
Page 72 - US CHILD SUPPORT; Needed Efforts Underway To Increase Collections From Absent Parents (GAO/HRD-85-5, Oct. 30, 1984 ) Child Support Collection Efforts For Non-AFDC Families (GAO/HRD85-3.
Page 10 - CP custodial parent CPS Current Population Survey CR central registry FSA Family Support Administration HHS Department of Health and Human Services IG Inspector General iv-D Child support cases administered under title IV-D of the Social Security Act NP noncustodial parent OCSE Office of Child Support Enforcement SPLS State Parent Locator Service URESA Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act ww wage withholding Introduction Figure 1.1: GAO Background 1984 Amendments: Mandated wage withholding...
Page 40 - Offices are required to meet congressional mandates for other enforcement remedies, but they misunderstand that wage withholding should proceed, irrespective of other enforcement remedies being pursued.
Page 60 - Reports of Training Frequency Training Classroom On-the-job All caseworkers 43% 809 All attorneys 25 53a All judges 15* 20a "The sampling errcx for these estimates is +/- 9 percentage points, ^he sampling error for this estimate is +/- 8 percentage points. Two points bear mentioning. First, the responses about attorneys' and judges' training is a rough estimate since many respondents did not know what training these two groups had actually received. Second, though 80 percent of the offices report...
Page 22 - ... wage withholding in response to requests from other states' offices. Each of the four procedures Is being used across the country. Often, two or more procedures are used by the same office, depending on the circumstances of the case. The first procedure is the expedited procedure required in the 1984 amendments, whereby withholding must occur without amendment of the support order issued by the initiating jurisdiction or any further court GAO/HRD-92-65BR Interstate Child Support Section 2 More...
Page 61 - About 30 percent of the offices report it takes 21 days or longer to receive a case from their central registry.7 The range for all offices is from 2 to 120 days. Large majorities report their state's central registry screens for the presence of an address for the noncustodial parent and, for the support order, statement of arrearage and amount to be withheld, monthly. But few 7The sampling error on this estimate is + /- 8 percent GAO/HRD-92-65BR Interstate Child Support 100 Percent of offlcee 00...
Page 65 - We concluded tne interviews by asking respondents if they had any c comments, suggestions, or recommendations about the operation of tor interstate wage withholding. The most prevalent suggestion was that the Congress pass federal legislation requiring employers to honor child support orders (and the wage withholding language in them) sent directly to them from other states
Page 12 - as their own" case: •No further court action •No amending support order Gave the Congress much hope for more efficient enforcement Rapk'£*TTHir»ri '^le 1984 amendments to title iv-D of the Social Security Act made ^ substantial reforms to the nation's child support enforcement program.1 Both houses of the Congress adopted the amendments unanimously, confident of the promise these reforms held for more efficient and effective enforcement of support orders for more than 1 1 million children....
Page 2 - Then it must transmit the request foractior to the appropriate local office in its own state. States and local iV-D offices have traditionally relied on the Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act (URESA) to initiate and respond to interstate case requests, whether they were seeking to establish paternity or a child support order, locate a noncustodial parent, or enforce an existing order. URESA is model legislation— not a federal law— developed B-243891 1950 and revised three times since...

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