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Intergovernmental Improvement

ERICSA: Committed to Intergovernmental Improvement

ERICSA is an organization dedicated to the professional advancement of all aspects of child support with a particular emphasis on the intergovernmental process of child support.

The Intergovernmental Improvement Committee is composed of members of the ERICSA Board of Directors as well as front line workers, supervisors, managers, directors, and private contractors at the state and local level all engaged in the profession of child support.

WICSEC - ERICSA Interjurisdictional Pledge

ERICSA has joined WICSEC’s interjurisdictional cooperation efforts! The Intergovernmental Fair in an event held at the annual conference along with mini virtual fairs throughout the year. The purpose is to encourage contact and collaboration between states, local jurisdictions, and tribes in an effort to work together to improve service to our customers. Attendees of this Fair are encouraged to “Take the Pledge” – a process by where contact information is shared with other pledge takers – all of whom agree to work collaboratively by sharing direct contact information and agreeing to support and respond to inquiries from fellow child support professionals.

In short, participating in the Fair means “Let’s break down barriers and red tape, and help each other.”

You don’t have to wait until the conference to sign the pledge though, you can sign it anytime!

 

The Intergovernmental Committee examines roadblocks to effective interstate child support enforcement and proposes ways to improve and assist in the delivery of child support services across state, tribal and national boundaries through a variety of educational and informational means.

The Committee monitors, analyzes, and compiles documents, lists, treatises, helpful hints and other sources of information which may be useful to child support professionals in all jurisdictions in working intergovernmental child support cases.  Those documents, organized by subject matter, may be found below.

The Committee welcomes your feedback regarding the information on this site.  Please contact ERICSA to make additions or corrections to this information.

ERICSA 2019 Paternity Survey Results

  • The Intergovernmental Improvement Committee of the Eastern Regional Interstate Child Support Association is pleased to report the findings of the Survey Monkey survey conducted in spring of 2019. The survey was distributed to the IV-D directors of each state, the District of Columbia, and the three US territories of Guam, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The results are in two documents. First, an Excel workbook with several worksheets with the most detail and the full answer (“Survey Matrix”). After an introduction worksheet, the next three worksheets are the questions, a list of states which should correspond to the same line in each worksheet, and the entire matrix of questions and the states’ answers. (This matrix should be most helpful if you are looking to see all of a state’s answers.) You can also filter to compare a limited number of states. Finally, there is a worksheet for each question to show all the states’ responses. The second document is a .pdf of each question and the answers plotted on the US map (“Survey Map”) for a quick look at all answers, and should be reviewed in conjunction with the Excel workbook.
  • Survey Matrix
  • Survey Map 

Individual State Information

Duration of Support by State 12-01-2023
This table provides detailed information on the duration of support for each of the 50 states and its territories.


Statutes Addressing Interest on Arrears by State 12-01-2023
Here you will find a summary of state laws and IV-D policy regarding imposition of surcharge or interest on child support arrears. This table is meant to help educate child support employees and attorneys, and guide your interstate arrears calculations in the right direction.

ERICSA encourages you to use this information as a helpful “jumping off” point. This information is not an adequate substitute for conducting your own research to verify the accuracy of the rates reported.


Unemployment Insurance (UI) Income Withholding Order Direct States 12-01-2023
This list is the states that accept direct income withholding of their Unemployment Insurance Benefits.


Statute of Limitations for Collection of Past Due Support by State 12-01-2023
This document is a chart detailing statute of limitation issues for each state.

Instructions on how to search for an answer to a single question on the Intergovernmental Reference Guide can be found here.

 

Intergovernmental Case Law

2022 – 2023 Case Law Updates
Prepared by Ethan C. McKinney, JD Child Support Enforcement Leader, Amazon Web Services – State & Local Government, HHS

2021 – 2022 Case Law Updates
Prepared by Ethan C. McKinney, DPA, Child Support Director, St. Joseph County, In Prosecutor’s Office

2019 – 2020 Case Law Updates
Prepared by Ethan C. McKinney, Esq., DPA Child Support Director, St. Joseph County, IN

2018 – 2019 Case Law Updates
Prepared by Ethan C. McKinney, Esq., DPA Child Support Director, St. Joseph County, IN

2017-2018 Case Law Updates
Prepared by Susan Friedman Paikin, Esq. and presented at the 2018 ERICSA annual conference in Daytona Beach, FL

2016-2017 Case Law Updates
Prepared by Dan Pingelton and presented at the 2017 ERICSA annual conference in St. Louis, MO

2015-2016 Case Law Updates
Prepared by David Morris and presented at the 2016 ERICSA annual conference in Myrtle Beach, SC

2014-2015 Case Law Updates
Prepared by David Morris and presented at the 2015 ERICSA annual conference in Hershey, PA

2013-2014 Case Law Updates
Prepared by David Morris and presented at the 2014 ERICSA annual conference in Greensboro, NC

2012-2013 Case Law Updates
Prepared by David Morris and presented at the 2013 ERICSA annual conference in Orlando, FL.

2012 UIFSA Case Law Review
The attached 2012 UIFSA case law summary was provided by the staff attorney for the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Mr. Brian Wootan, and is reprinted with his permission.

2010 Case Law Updates
Legal summaries of the most recent court rulings and judicial decisions that impact paternity, interstate, social security, and IV-D agency child support law. These summaries are meant to help educate child support employees and attorneys, and guide your legal research on important child support issues in the right direction.

2008 – 2009 Case Law Updates
Legal summaries of the most recent court rulings and judicial decisions that impact paternity, interstate, social security, and IV-D agency child support law. These summaries are meant to help educate child support employees and attorneys, and guide your legal research on important child support issues in the right direction.
 

 

Intergovernmental Forms

Do your clerks or judges have questions about what to do with a UIFSA petition filed in their Courts? Does your court clerk ask your state child support agency to file additional or alternate pleadings to go with (or even replace) your UIFSA filings?

If you answered YES to any of the above questions, then please review the proposed cover sheet for UIFSA filings created by ERICSA to assist and educate your court staff in what to do with those UIFSA form filings, and explain why these uniform federal forms are acceptable for use in any state courts.  Before disseminating, you may want to substitute references to the UIFSA Sections with your own state’s codification of the particular UIFSA provision cited, and delete any unnecessary claims for relief to edit the cover sheet down to two pages.


Intergovernmental Forms Matrix current as of 12-20-2023
A listing of the required federal forms for each action.


Intergovernmental Child Support Forms current as of 12-20-2023
A link to each of the federal child support forms along with the instructions for completion.

 

International Support

Uniform Interstate Family Support Act 2008

The Hague Conference on Private International Law
This website is managed by the Permanent Bureau of The Hague Conference on Private International Law. It contains information about various Hague Conventions, as well as related publications and reports.

To access information about the Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (2007 Hague Child Support Convention 2007), follow this step:

On the home page, in the left column, click on “Child Support.” That link will take you to a page with many resources related to the 2007 Hague Child Support Convention, including the full text of the Convention, the Explanatory Report, a table noting the status of countries’ ratification of the Convention, Central Authority information, Country Profiles, the Practical Handbook for Caseworkers, and the Mandatory and Recommended Convention Forms.


Hague Child Support Convention Forms


Currency Conversion

Click here for information about conducting currency conversion on intergovernmental child support cases. 

 
OCSS’ International Resources
This link includes the training for processing Convention cases and much more.
 
This website is managed by the federal Office of Child Support Services. It provides information about Hague Convention countries and foreign reciprocating countries. By selecting a country, you can access country-specific case processing and payments information. The website includes Hague Convention forms in English (fillable pdf format) as well as in other languages. There are links to training on how to process Hague Child Support Convention cases. There are also links to other international resources, such as all of OCSS international policy resources and helpful websites for international case processing. The OCSS policy resources include Dear Colleague Letters (DCL), Information Memoranda (IM), and Policy Interpretation Questions (PIQ). 
 
To access this information from the OCSS home page: 
 
  • Enter https://www.acf.hhs.gov/css
  • Click on “Child Support Professionals” in the top toolbar
  • Click on “International” in the dropdown box 

 

Tribal Support

Click here for a Tribal IV-D resources 

National Tribal Child Support Association

List of Tribal Child Support Agency Contacts

Find a Tribal Child Support Program

 

UIFSA Statutory Information

Modification of U.S. Support Orders: How Does Continuing, Exclusive Jurisdiction (CEJ) Apply? 10-25-21

2008 Revisions to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act
This document is a technical assistance tool for state and local child support agencies.
 

AT-20-14 Updated Interstate Child Support Policy
Questions and Answers for processing an interstate case.

Essentials for Attorneys in Child Support Enforcement
The handbook is written as a guide for the child support (IV-D) attorney, but non-attorneys will also find it helpful. Besides substantive law, the handbook contains “best practice” tips gleaned from experienced attorneys. Some chapters contain exhibits and flowcharts. Where appropriate, chapters reference federal forms and resources. The handbook also cites state case law and includes references to state-specific provisions.