DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER
DATE: December 1, 2009
TO: ALL STATE AND TRIBAL IV-D DIRECTORS
RE: Certified Copies of Orders to Canadian Provinces and Territories
Canadian child support officials have requested that the Office of Child Support Enforcement notify States about a case processing issue involving United States-Canada cases. Provinces and territories need three certified copies of support orders established in the U.S. in order to process a child support case effectively in their jurisdictions.
While the provincial and territorial Inter-Jurisdictional Support Orders Acts require only one certified copy per request, ultimately three copies are needed to process the case expeditiously. For example, in some provinces and territories, copies are needed for the Court Clerk, Justice Department, and the Maintenance Enforcement Program.
Some provinces and territories report having difficulty obtaining even one certified copy of an order in some cases. Without a certified copy of an order, Canadian provinces and territories may not be able to register the order for enforcement or disburse funds received from the payor.
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Division of Policy and Training at OCSE.DPT@acf.hhs.gov. Thank you for your efforts to ensure that children involved in international cases receive child support.
Office of Child Support Enforcement
cc: ACF/OCSE Regional Program Managers