Out of State Agencies

Information on this web site is intended to assist Out-of-State IV-D agencies in processing their child support enforcement cases. Out-of-State Agencies can benefit from the high-level overview of our county’s child support enforcement program which includes:


Interstate Case Initiation Procedures

An interstate case may be referred to our office from either the California Central Registry or another California county. As referrals are received in our mail room, they are date stamped and hand carried to the appropriate team where a worker is assigned.

Upon receipt of the referral, the acknowledgement portion of the Transmittal is completed and sent to the initiating IV-D agency with a copy of the acknowledgement being sent to the California Central Registry.

The referral is reviewed to ensure the documentation necessary to process the request has been received. If all of the required documents have not been provided, the Notice of Significant Case Action form is completed and sent to the initiating state listing the necessary information. The initiating state has 30 days from the date of the letter to provide the information, or the case is closed.

If all the necessary documentation has been provided, the case is opened and the Interstate Notice to Central Registry of Case Action form is sent to the California Central Registry. Our office then determines and initiates the next appropriate action.

Within 75 calendar days of receipt of an interstate referral from the California Central Registry, our office must:

  • Provide location services if requested or needed;
  • Notify the initiating state if additional documentation is needed in order to proceed with the case or request necessary additions, corrections, and/or documentation; and
  • Process the case to the extent possible pending receipt of necessary additions, and/or corrections from the initiating state.

Required Forms and Information

While our office is prepared to assist you in the processing of your child support cases, certain information is required to process your requests. Choose from the following request types to identify the forms and information required to process that request:

When providing information to our office, please note that all documents must be signed and notarized as appropriate.

The age of emancipation in California is 18, unless the child is a full-time high school student, in which case support is owed until the child turns 19 or graduates, whichever comes first. A child is also considered emancipated if married.


Paternity Testing

In most cases, the noncustodial parent will be ordered to pay costs for paternity tests. However, in interstate cases, the initiating state pays for the test and seeks reimbursement of the costs by court order. The responding state must attempt to obtain a judgment for the costs of paternity testing and forward any payments received to the initiating state.


Payment Processing

Responding states electing to impose fees or recovery costs for processing support payments may deduct those fees from the support payment. However, the responding state must notify us, the initiating state, of the full amount collected and the amount charged.

For example, if a cost recovery state collects $200 in child support and deducts a $3 fee, that state forwards $197 to California (the initiating state) along with a notice stating that $200 was paid by the noncustodial parent and $3 was retained for processing the payment.

California is not a cost recovery state.


Contact the Central Case Repository

The California Central Registry (CCR) serves as the single point for the submission and processing of interstate child support enforcement cases. CCR analysts:

  • Examine all incoming inter-jurisdictional cases;
  • Review the documents from other states for completeness;
  • Send the cases to the Department of Child Support Services in the county where the noncustodial parent resides; and

Maintain an ongoing liaison between the 58 California Department of Child Support Services and the various child support enforcement agencies of the initiating states.
CCR is one of the major functions under the direction of the State Department of Justice. You may contact the California Central Registry at:

CCR
P.O. Box 903199
Sacramento, CA 94203-3199


Establish an Order

When an initiating state requests establishment of any type of order from California, the following forms must always be included in the transmittal package:

  • Child Support Enforcement Transmittal #1 – Initial Request
  • General Testimony
  • Uniform Support Petition (3 certified copies or original plus 2 copies)

Establish an Order and Public Assistance Reimbursement

When an initiating state requests establishment of any type of order from California, the following forms must always be included in the transmittal package:

  • Child Support Enforcement Transmittal #1 – Initial Request
  • General Testimony
  • Uniform Support Petition (3 certified copies or original plus 2 copies)

To request the establishment of a support order and public assistance reimbursement, the initiating state must also provide the timeframes for public assistance reimbursement and the monthly public assistance grant amount. California will only allow collection of public assistance reimbursement for the 12 months prior to the filing of the Complaint.

All documents must be signed and notarized as appropriate.


Establish Public Assistance Reimbursement Only

When an initiating state requests establishment of any type of order from California, the following forms must always be included in the transmittal package:

  • Child Support Enforcement Transmittal #1 – Initial Request
  • General Testimony
  • Uniform Support Petition (3 certified copies or original plus 2 copies)

To request the establishment of an order for public assistance reimbursement only, the initiating state must also provide the timeframes for public assistance reimbursement and the monthly public assistance grant amount. California will only allow collection of public assistance reimbursement for the 12 months prior to the filing of the Complaint.

All documents must be signed and notarized as appropriate.


Establish Paternity and Support Order

When an initiating state requests establishment of any type of order from California, the following forms must always be included in the transmittal package:

  • Child Support Enforcement Transmittal #1 – Initial Request
  • General Testimony
  • Uniform Support Petition (3 certified copies or original plus 2 copies)

To request the establishment of paternity and a support order the initiating state must also provide, an Affidavit in Support of Establishing Paternity or an acknowledgement of paternity signed by the father and notarized. A birth certificate is not acceptable.

All documents must be signed and notarized as appropriate.


Establish Order for Paternity Only

When an initiating state requests establishment of any type of order from California, the following forms must always be included in the transmittal package:

  • Child Support Enforcement Transmittal #1 – Initial Request
  • General Testimony
  • Uniform Support Petition (3 certified copies or original plus 2 copies)

To request the establishment of paternity the initiating state must also provide, an Affidavit in Support of Establishing Paternity or an acknowledgement of paternity signed by the father and notarized. A birth certificate is not acceptable.

All documents must be signed and notarized as appropriate.


Modification Only of an Order

When an initiating state requests that California modify an existing order, the following forms must always be included in the transmittal package:

  • Child Support Enforcement Transmittal #1 – Initial Request
  • General Testimony
  • Uniform Support Petition (3 certified copies or original plus 2 copies) (only needed if order not issued in California)
  • Registration Statement (Original plus 2 copies) (only needed if order not issued in California)

All documents must be signed and notarized as appropriate.


Enforcement of an Order

When an initiating state requests that California enforce an existing order, the following forms must be included in the transmittal package:

  • Child Support Enforcement Transmittal #1 – Initial Request
  • One certified copy of the court order
  • A certified, notarized, month-by-month affidavit of arrears
  • Registration Statement (Original plus 2 copies) (only needed if order not issued in California)

California has no statute of limitations on the collection of arrears. They are enforceable until paid in full.

All documents must be signed and notarized as appropriate.

 

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