Intergovernmental Improvement

ERICSA is an organization dedicated to the professional advancement of all aspects of child support with a particular emphasis on the intergovernmental process of child support.

The Intergovernmental Improvement Committee is composed of members of the ERICSA Board of Directors as well as front line workers, supervisors, managers, directors, and private contractors at the state and local level all engaged in the profession of child support.

The Committee examines roadblocks to effective interstate child support enforcement and proposes ways to improve and assist in the delivery of child support services across state, tribal and national boundaries through a variety of educational and informational means.

The Committee monitors, analyzes, and compiles documents, lists, treatises, helpful hints and other sources of information which may be useful to child support professionals in all jurisdictions in working intergovernmental child support cases.  Those documents, organized by subject matter, may be found below.

The Committee welcomes your feedback regarding the information on this site.  Please contact ERICSA to make additions or corrections to this information.
 

ERICSA 2019 Paternity Survey Results

The Intergovernmental Improvement Committee of the Eastern Regional Interstate Child Support Association is pleased to report the findings of the Survey Monkey survey conducted in spring of 2019. The survey was distributed to the IV-D directors of each state, the District of Columbia, and the three US territories of Guam, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The results are in two documents. First, an Excel workbook with several worksheets with the most detail and the full answer (“Survey Matrix”). After an introduction worksheet, the next three worksheets are the questions, a list of states which should correspond to the same line in each worksheet, and the entire matrix of questions and the states' answers. (This matrix should be most helpful if you are looking to see all of a state's answers.) You can also filter to compare a limited number of states. Finally, there is a worksheet for each question to show all the states' responses. The second document is a .pdf of each question and the answers plotted on the US map (“Survey Map”) for a quick look at all answers, and should be reviewed in conjunction with the Excel workbook.

Individual State Information

Age of Emancipation, by State 12-10-2020 
​This table provides detailed information on the age of majority for each of the 50 states and its territories.
 

Interest Rates that States Charge, including State-Specific Rules 2020
Here you will find a summary of state laws and IV-D policy regarding imposition of surcharge or interest on child support arrears. This table is meant to help educate child support employees and attorneys, and guide your interstate arrears calculations in the right direction.

ERICSA encourages you to use this information as a helpful "jumping off" point. This information is not an adequate substitute for conducting your own research to verify the accuracy of the rates reported.

Unemployment Insurance Income Withholding Order Direct States 12-11-20
This list is the states that accept direct income withholding of their Unemployment Insurance Benefits.

Statute of Limitations, by State 2020
This document is a chart detailing statute of limitation issues for each state.

Instructions on how to search for an answer to a single question on the Intergovernmental Reference Guide can be found here.

Intergovernmental Case Law

2019 - 2020 Case Law Updates
Prepared by Ethan C. McKinney, Esq., DPA Child Support Director, St. Joseph County, IN

2018 - 2019 Case Law Updates
Prepared by Ethan C. McKinney, Esq., DPA Child Support Director, St. Joseph County, IN

2017-2018 Case Law Updates
Prepared by Susan Friedman Paikin, Esq. and presented at the 2018 ERICSA annual conference in Daytona Beach, FL

2016-2017 Case Law Updates
Prepared by Dan Pingelton and presented at the 2017 ERICSA annual conference in St. Louis, MO

2015-2016 Case Law Updates
Prepared by David Morris and presented at the 2016 ERICSA annual conference in Myrtle Beach, SC

2014-2015 Case Law Updates
Prepared by David Morris and presented at the 2015 ERICSA annual conference in Hershey, PA

2013-2014 Case Law Updates
Prepared by David Morris and presented at the 2014 ERICSA annual conference in Greensboro, NC

2012-2013 Case Law Updates
Prepared by David Morris and presented at the 2013 ERICSA annual conference in Orlando, FL.

2012 UIFSA Case Law Review
The attached 2012 UIFSA case law summary was provided by the staff attorney for the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Mr. Brian Wootan, and is reprinted with his permission.

2010 Case Law Updates
Legal summaries of the most recent court rulings and judicial decisions that impact paternity, interstate, social security, and IV-D agency child support law. These summaries are meant to help educate child support employees and attorneys, and guide your legal research on important child support issues in the right direction.

2008 - 2009 Case Law Updates
Legal summaries of the most recent court rulings and judicial decisions that impact paternity, interstate, social security, and IV-D agency child support law. These summaries are meant to help educate child support employees and attorneys, and guide your legal research on important child support issues in the right direction.

 

Intergovernmental Forms

Do your clerks or judges have questions about what to do with a UIFSA petition filed in their Courts? Does your court clerk ask your state child support agency to file additional or alternate pleadings to go with (or even replace) your UIFSA filings?

Are UIFSA Petitions From Other States Eventually Filed In Your State's Court System
If you answered YES to any of the above questions, then please review the proposed cover sheet for UIFSA filings created by ERICSA to assist and educate your court staff in what to do with those UIFSA form filings, and explain why these uniform federal forms are acceptable for use in any state courts.  Before disseminating, you may want to substitute references to the UIFSA Model Code with your own state’s codification of the particular UIFSA provision cited, and delete any unnecessary claims for relief to edit the cover sheet down to two pages.

Interstate Forms Matrix 10-27-06
A listing of what forms each state requires to perform each interstate action. This includes federal forms as well as state specific documentation.
 

International Support

Helpful Websites Related to International Child Support 12-7-2015
This document links you to information and links for several useful international child support related websites.  Directions on how to navigate to Child Support specific information are included. 

The Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support
ERICSA submitted a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Committee Member of the Senate Committee on Finance expressing support for specific provisions of S. 1870, Supporting At-Risk Children Act and S. 1877, Child Support Improvement and Work Promotion Act.

The provisions supported by ERICSA include the language necessary to implement the Hague Maintenance Convention in the United States, the requirement that states enact the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) 2008, and language providing the Federally Certified Tribal IV-D Programs direct access to the Federal Parent Locator Service.

Click here to view the full letter.

On September 29, 2010, the United States took an important step toward ratification of a new international treaty that will govern child support cases between ratifying countries by the U.S. Senate approving the Resolution of Advice and Consent regarding the Hague Convention. Here you will find a summary of the next steps.

Hague Child Support Convention Forms

Currency Conversion
Click here for information about conducting currency conversion on intergovernmental child support cases.
 

Tribal Support

Click here for a Tribal IV-D resources
 

UIFSA Statutory Information

2008 Revisions to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act
This document is a technical assistance tool for state and local child support agencies. 

2008 UIFSA Overview
The 2008 UIFSA Overview breaks down the UIFSA 2008 changes.  It was created by the Indiana Child Support Bureau, and is reprinted with their permission

Uniform Interstate Family Support Act
This document was prepared by ERICSA to assist UIFSA 1996 states when enacting UIFSA 2008, as required by P.L. 113-183. It is not an official publication of the Uniform Law Commission.

Continuing, Exclusive Jurisdiction (CEJ) in United States Child Support Cases (updated 10-31-17)
UIFSA  jurisdictional rules are complex and different from the law of other countries. The ERICSA Policy and Legislation Committee has produced a legal explanation of continuing, exclusive jurisdiction.  Given the large number of cases between the U.S. and Canada, the ERICSA approved document provides examples where a support order of another country may be modified.  ERICSA intends for it to be used by lawyers, judges and caseworkers in the U. S. and Canada.