NPRM - Optional Exceptions to the Child Support Guidelines


Publication Date: September 23, 2020



DATE: September 23, 2020

TO: State and Tribal IV-D Agencies

SUBJECT: NPRM - Optional Exceptions to the Child Support Guidelines

ATTACHMENT: NPRM as published in the Federal Register on September 17, 2020 Visit disclaimer page

This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposes to provide states with the flexibility to incorporate in their child support guidelines two optional exceptions to the prohibition against treating incarceration as voluntary unemployment. The proposed exceptions are:

  1. When the individual is incarcerated due to intentional nonpayment of child support and/or
  2. For any offense of which the individual’s dependent child or the child support recipient was a victim.

The state may apply the exception to the individual’s other child support cases.

COMMENTS: OCSE will consider comments received by November 16, 2020. Submissions must include the agency name and docket number or RIN (0970-AC81) for this rulemaking. All comments received will be posted without change to Visit disclaimer page , including any personal information provided.

REFERENCES: 45 CFR 302.56 Visit disclaimer page

INQUIRIES: ACF OCSE Regional Program Managers

Scott M. Lekan
Acting Commissioner
Office of Child Support Enforcement

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