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Child Support Forum Wednesday

Child Support

A father holding and kissing his infant child on the head.June 20th marks the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in the “Turner v. Rogers” case, in which the Court held that states must provide procedures in civil contempt cases that ensure a fundamentally fair determination of whether an unrepresented parent is able to comply with a court order to pay child support. 

ACF will mark the occasion by holding the Turner v. Rogers Anniversary Forum:  Fundamental Fairness and the Ability to Pay in Child Support Proceedings from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20. The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement and the Department of Justice’s Access to Justice Initiative are sponsoring the event.

At this forum:

  • Hear a discussion of setting realistic child support orders, and other promising practices that avoid the build-up of arrears;
  • Explore cost-effective strategies for child support compliance, including alternatives to contempt and expanding self-help services and access to justice for unrepresented parents
  • Learn about other ways to improve the fairness of the process; and more.


The forum will also highlight OCSE policy guidance arising out of Turner.


The panel will included George Sheldon, Acting Assistant Secretary Administration for Children and Families; Vicki Turetsky, Commissioner, OCSE; Daniel Olmos, Department of Justice Access to Justice Initiative Senior Counsel; Alan Houseman, Center for Law and Social Policy Executive Director; Richard Zorsa, Self-Represented Litigation Network; Diane Potts, Illinois Deputy Attorney General; and, Pamela Lowry, Administrator, Division of Child Support Enforcement, Illinois.

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