Increasing the Support Order: Collection and enforcement services include, Your Responsibilities HOW
but are not limited to: THE SUFFOLK COUNTY
Modification - You must appear in court when notified. SOCIAL SERVICES
- Keeping records of payments.
Once a support order is established there must - You must keep us informed of any change
be a change of circumstance shown, by either - Forwarding payments to the non-public in your address, the status of the child(ren) ENFORCEMENT BUREAU
party, before the order can be changed. assistance custodial parent. and/or the family composition. CAN HELP YOU
SUPPORT YOUR CHILDREN
If the custodial parent can show that the ab- - Regular billing of the absent parent. - You must not accept payment directly
sent parent has increased ability to pay, such from the other parent if the support order
as a better job or other additional income, and - Notice to the absent parent if payments is to be paid through the Support Collec- STEVE LEVY
if there is a significant increase in the needs are missed. tion Unit; we cannot give credit to the ab- SUFFOLK COUNTY EXECUTIVE
of the child(ren), the Bureau will assist in sent parent for any payment made directly
preparation of a modification petition. The - Deduction from the absent parent’s to you.
custodial parent must sign an affidavit and income. Such a deduction, generally
present evidentiary material to accompany from wages, is normally mandatory. This - If you are no longer interested in receiving
the petition. remedy is most effective if we know child support, you must file a petition to
where the absent parent works; you can vacate the support order. JANET DeMARZO
If the custodial parent has recently closed a help by keeping us informed. COMMISSIONER
- If the other parent moves to another ju- DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL
public assistance case, this may qualify as a SERVICES
change of circumstance and, by law, may en- - Collection of delinquent payments from risdiction, either your support order may
title the custodial parent to a new hearing. absent parent’s federal and state tax be registered in the other jurisdiction, you CHILD SUPPORT
refunds. may file a new Uniform Interstate Family ENFORCEMENT BUREAU
Support Act (UIFSA) petition, or, if prac- 1-888-208-4485
Collection and Enforcement of
- Money judgments can be entered estab- tical, the support order may be retained
the Support Order lishing a lien on real and personal prop- SUFFOLK SOCIAL SERVICES
here and the absent parent notified to ap- HOTLINE: (631) 854-9100
erty owned by the absent parent. pear here.
The Child Support Enforcement Bureau
24 HOURS A DAY/7 DAYS A WEEK
monitors, collects, distributes and enforces
- DMV driver’s license suspension pro- - If you are a non-PA client and you want
child support payments. Enforcement be- 24 HOUR CHILD SUPPORT
gram. support to be paid directly to you, or if
comes necessary if payments are not made INFORMATION LINE
you no longer want the services of the Bu-
regularly, are not in the correct amount, or if 1-800-846-0773
- Passport denial program. reau you must notify the Bureau. Support
they are not made at all.
for PA clients must be processed through Si desea una copia del siguiente
- Professional and occupational license the Bureau. documento en español, haga el favor del pedirlo
Revised January 2009
57-0277p. 02/09kk GA 310
Child Support Enforcement Bureau If you have a court order for child support, Location Service: The second way requires a petition to Fam-
the Bureau will help you to enforce it. ily Court.
The Suffolk County Department of Social The social security number is the most im-
Services Child Support Enforcement Bureau If you do not have an order, the Bureau will If the man admits he is the father, the judge
portant piece of information about the absent
was established in 1975 under Title IV-D of assist you in preparing a petition, and will di- or support magistrate immediately issues an
parent, It is used to find information about the
the Social Security Act. Its primary purpose is rect you to the appropriate office for filing the Order of Filiation stating that the man is the
absent parent’s whereabouts and his earnings.
to secure and enforce child support payments petition. father. The child’s birth certificate is changed
A social security number can be found on old
from absent parents and establish paternity to place the father’s name on it if necessary,
pay stubs, bank records, tax returns, credit
when necessary. When the court orders that and the child’s last name MAY be changed to
What to Bring When Filing Petition cards, medical records, military records, and
the father’s last name if both parents wish
payments be made through the Support Col- other official documents. With the absent
lection Unit, the Bureau collects, accounts for this done. If the man denies that he is the fa-
Bring as much of the following information parent’s name and social security number, a
and enforces support payments. These ser- ther, a trial is held, evidence is given - one
as possible: search for an address can be made through
vices are automatically provided to families of several genetic marker tests may be used
the computer records of state and federal par-
receiving Public Assistance (PA), and upon - and the judge makes the decision.
- Name, address and phone number of the ent locator services. Even if you don’t have
application, the same services are available the social security number, an interview with
absent parent. Once paternity is legally established, your
to non-PA families. Support enforcement can you may provide information that will help child gains most of the legal rights and privi-
help the non-PA family remain financially in- locate the absent parent.
- Social security number and date of birth leges that a child born within marriage has.
dependent and self-sufficient.
of the absent parent. Among them may be rights to inheritance,
Who Can Obtain These Services? Establishing Paternity rights to the father’s medical and life insur-
- Name, address and phone number of the ance benefits, and to social security and pos-
Any custodial parent who needs help current or last known employer of the ab- If the child was born out of wedlock, legal sibly veterans’ benefits.
locating the absent parent, establishing sent parent. paternity must be established before a sup-
paternity, establishing a support obligation, port order can be issued. As of 1993 there are Establishing the Support Order
or collecting and enforcing support payments - Information about absent parent’s income two (2) ways that this can be done for chil- The Family Court establishes the support
can apply for child support services. There are or assets - pay stubs, tax returns, bank ac- dren born in New York State. order after a petition is filed. Under the
no income eligibility requirements, although counts or property.
Child Support Standards Act of 1989 the
there maybe a fee for a non-PA family if a The first way is voluntary and does not Court is required to establish child support
field investigation and/or legal representation - Child’s birth certificate. require court action. Both mother and father awards using specific formula to determine
is required. can sign a notarized special acknowledgment the amount of the award, unless the formula
- Marriage certificate. of paternity. Both parties must be informed of
Where to Apply is shown to be unfair in a specific case. The
their legal rights and responsibilities before Court will consider the income of both parties
Contact the Child Support Enforcement - Divorce/separation agreement. they sign or the document may not be valid.
Bureau Intake Unit at P.O. Box 18030, and take into account other factors such as
The document must then be filed with the child care and medical expenses.
Hauppauge, NY 11788, or 1-888-208-4485 - Child support order. proper registrar of vital statistics.
between 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM, Monday Medical support must be included in the
through Friday, for information. support order and will be requested in the