ND awarded grant to improve child support case management and collections over state lines and tribal borders
State partnering with Three Affiliated Tribes in effort to improve case management and increase collections
At the kickoff of National Child Support Awareness Month, the office of Congressional Research Services issued the updated Child Support Enforcement: Program Basics. The report covers the history and the evolution of the Child Support program and provides information about services Child Support provides on behalf of children. Services include parent locate, paternity establishment, establishment of child support and medical support orders, review and adjustment of child support orders, collection of payments, and enforcement of support orders.
"Parents in our state do a good job of supporting their children; a payment rate of current support of 75.3% is far above the national average and is likely the second highest rate among all states." ~ Jim Fleming, Child Support Director
Effective October 1, 2018, the fee for full Child Support services is increasing in response to a change in federal law. The fee for limited services is also increasing as a state law requires the fee for limited services to be greater than the fee for full services. Notice was sent to more than 26,000 parents who could be affected by the change.
Based on quadrennial review of the child support guidelines, Child Support is proposing several amendments. A public hearing on the proposed amendments will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. The deadline for submitting written comments is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 17, 2018.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, a new state law takes effect that aims to prevent the accumulation of large amounts of past-due child support owed by incarcerated parents. The 2017 North Dakota Legislature passed Senate Bill 2277, which terminates monthly child support obligations of parents who were previously ordered to pay child support under North Dakota court orders and then sentenced to incarceration for 180 days or longer.
Partnerships with other jurisdictions are vital in child support. "Borders shouldn't be barriers when it comes to supporting children and families," said Jim Fleming, the state's child support director.