Handbook on Child Support Enforcement. 1997 Edition.

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United States Office of Child Support Enforcement.
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The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 strengthened the enforcement of child support orders through requirements for paternity establishment, uniform state laws, centralized state collection and disbursement offices, penalties for delinquent child support, and model programs to promote visitation. State Child Support Enforcement Programs and local agencies are available to help parents initiate and comply with support orders. This guide explains how the enforcement program can assist with locating noncustodial parents, establishing paternity, setting-up the legal support order, and collecting payments. Questions and answers review issues such as costs for services, reviews of child support orders, the impact of child support payments on cash assistance, the benefits of establishing paternity, and support enforcement for Native American children. A glossary is included.
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