Child Support Enforcement: Federal Parent Locator Service
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What is the Child Support Enforcement Program?
The Child Support Enforcement Program was designed as a partnership between federal, state and local agencies. These groups share information through the program to help enforce child support orders that are not being paid fully or at all.
What is the Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS)?
The Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS) is a nationwide computer system that:
- Locates and tracks non-custodial parents who owe child support
- Locates and tracks custodial and non-custodial parents for the enforcement of child support, visitation and custody orders
- Tracks support orders involving the same parties in different states
How Does FPLS Work?
The FPLS works through the use of two databases:
- The Federal Case Registry: a national database that keeps information on child support orders from 1998 forward
- The National Directory of New Hires: a national database that keeps information on employment and unemployment from 1997 forward
Who Can Use FPLS?
The Federal Parent Locator Service can usually only be used by state agencies and courts that seek to regulate and enforce child support, visitation and custody. Private individuals cannot use the system directly, but must make requests through either their state agency or court.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Use These Programs?
If you are seeking to establish or enforce child support, it may be wise to speak with an experienced family lawyer. Consulting with a family lawyer can help you understand your options and help you deal with the complicated legal system.
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Last Modified: 02-09-2017 11:33 AM PST
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