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Setting Appropriate Child Support Orders, a Report from the National Judicial-Child Support Task Force

DCL-09-15

Published: April 21, 2009
Information About:
State/Local Child Support Agencies, Other Public Partners, Courts
Topics:
Case Management, Order Establishment
Types:
Guides/Publications/Reports, Policy, Dear Colleague Letters (DCL), Promising Practices

TO: State and Tribal IV-D Directors

RE: Setting Appropriate Child Support Orders, a Report from the National Judicial-Child Support Task Force

Dear Colleague:

I am pleased to provide the attached Setting Appropriate Child Support Orders: Practical Techniques Used in Child Support Agencies and Judicial Systems in 14 States, a work product of the National Judicial-Child Support Task Force’s Subcommittee on Avoiding Inappropriate Orders. The Task Force is a group of professionals representing State and Tribal child support enforcement agencies, State courts, State court administrators, national court and judicial associations, and the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement.

An overriding goal of the Task Force is to promote and enhance child support program-judicial collaboration in order to better fulfill our commitment to children and families. This report is intended to provide ideas for child support program-judicial collaboration efforts aimed at setting appropriate, realistic, enforceable support orders. It contains practical input from a variety of jurisdictions and projects already doing just that.

I hope you will find this report useful in reviewing your own practices and identifying opportunities to influence the setting of more appropriate child support orders.

For additional information on the Task Force or this Guide, please contact Judge Larry Holtz at larry.holtz@acf.hhs.gov or (202) 401-5376.

Sincerely,

Donna J. Bonar
Acting Commissioner
Office of Child Support Enforcement

Enclosure

cc: OCSE Regional Program Managers