PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND WELFARE
PUBLIC ASSISTANCE LAW
56-203A. Authority of department to enforce child support — Support enforcement services. Whenever the department receives an application for public assistance on behalf of a child and it shall appear to the satisfaction of the department that said child has been abandoned by its parents, or that the child and one (1) parent have been abandoned by the other parent, or that the parent or other person who has a responsibility for the care, support or maintenance of such child has failed or neglected to give proper care or support to such child, the department shall take appropriate action under the provisions of this chapter, the abandonment or nonsupport statutes, or other appropriate statutes of this state to ensure that such parent or other person responsible shall pay for the care, support or maintenance of said dependent child.
The department may accept applications for support enforcement services on behalf of persons who are not recipients of public assistance and may take action as it deems appropriate to establish, modify or enforce support obligations against persons owing a duty to pay support. Action to establish support obligations may be taken under the abandonment or nonsupport statutes or other appropriate statutes of this state.
The department may charge fees to compensate it for services rendered in establishment of or enforcement of support obligations. The director shall, by rule, establish reasonable fees for support enforcement services, and said schedules of fees shall be made available to all applicants for support enforcement services. The department may, on showing of necessity, waive or defer any such fee.
Effective October 1, 1998, the department shall maintain a state case registry that contains records of each case in which enforcement services are being provided under this section and each child support order established or modified in the state from and after that date. Effective the same date, the department shall collect and disburse payments for all support orders related to cases for which services are provided under this section and each child support order established or modified after January 1, 1994, that is subject to income withholding orders. For child support orders established prior to January 1, 1994, at the option of each county and upon payment of the cost of the service, the department shall collect and disburse payments.
[56-203A, as added by 1975, ch. 264, sec. 2, p. 712; am. 1990, ch. 327, sec. 1, p. 898; am. 1998, ch. 249, sec. 1, p. 814.]