12E-1.001 General. (1) In compliance with state and federal laws, the Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement Program Office, is designated as the Title IV-D agency which administers the Florida Child Support Enforcement Program, under the provisions of Title IV-D of the Social Security Act. This program shall provide services to locate noncustodial parents, establish paternity if necessary, establish obligations of support, modify support obligations, collect and distribute support obligations and enforce obligations of support against noncustodial parents who fail to pay court ordered support. The program shall operate on behalf of the state in those cases where the child or family is receiving public assistance under Titles IV-A, IV-E or Title XIX, of the Social Security Act, and recovery is authorized under the provisions of Title IV-D of the Social Security Act. The program shall operate on behalf of the child’s best interests for current support, arrears and medical support in non-IV-E foster care and medicaid only cases. It shall operate in the best interest of the custodial parent or custodian where there are arrearages, when the custodial parent or custodian is not a recipient of public assistance but is receiving services pursuant to Section 409.2567, F.S. The program shall operate in the best interest of the child to establish paternity, support and medical insurance, enforce or modify the support obligation and collect arrearages, when the custodial parent or custodian is not a recipient of public assistance but applies for and is receiving services pursuant to Section 409.2567, F.S. When a family is no longer eligible for AFDC, foster-care, or medicaid services, the department shall continue to provide support enforcement services without requiring those former recipients to request continuation of services, file an application or pay an application fee. Paternity establishment services shall be made available to pregnant women in the third trimester of their pregnancy or thereafter. (2) The program shall also cooperate with other states pursuant to the Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act (URESA), Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) and with foreign jurisdictions which have issued a Declaration of Reciprocity with Florida by providing assistance in locating noncustodial parents, establishing paternity, establishing and enforcing support obligations, modifying support obligations, collecting support and disbursing support payments. Other interstate cooperative efforts include the use of the Florida long-arm statute, interstate income deduction orders and registration of foreign orders for the limited purposes of enforcement or modification of the support provisions. The Child Support Enforcement Program Office is designated as the Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act (URESA) information agency. (3) A bond, security or other guaranty may be required by the court to secure payment of overdue support. (4) The statute of limitations in paternity cases is four years which begins to run at the child’s 18th birthday. Specific Authority 61.181(8), 409.026, 409.2567 FS. Law Implemented 61.13, 61.181(8), 88.0405, 88.331, 95.11(3), 409.2554, 409.2557, 409.2561, 409.2567, 409.2569, 409.2577, 742.10 FS. History–New 1-11-76, Formerly 10C-25.01, Amended 2-18-86, 4-6-88, 8-1-89, 6-17-92, 7-20-94, Formerly 10C-25.001.
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