HJ 698 Study; Department of Social Services; Commonwealth's child support enforcement system.
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Summary as introduced:
Study; Department of Social Services; Commonwealth's child support enforcement system and increase in arrearages; report. Requests the Department of Social Services to (i) analyze the efficiency of the Division of Child Support Enforcement's (DCSE) current child support enforcement processes and recommend strategies to improve such processes; (ii) identify trends regarding the aggregate amount of child support arrearages in the Commonwealth over the last four decades; (iii) identify the extent to which arrearages have been owed and not reduced for a period of 10 years or more; (iv) identify and examine commonly cited reasons for noncustodial parents' nonpayment of child support; and (v) explain any practices that DCSE uses or could use to (a) assist parents with lowering their child support payments and vacating excessive child support orders; (b) identify and intervene in cases in which child support is excessive; (c) eliminate the calculation of child support based on imputed income; (d) eliminate the imposition of child support through default judgments; (e) establish a network of low-cost and pro bono attorneys to assist parents; (f) recognize and credit the reasonable expenses of noncustodial parents; (g) eliminate the accrual of child support arrearages during periods of reduced employment, unemployment, or incarceration; (h) ensure that government attorneys engaged in child support establishment or enforcement comply with due process requirements; (i) make available nonidentifying information about DCSE's child support cases and caseload for research purposes; and (j) encourage and assist with two-parent physical and emotional support for children, rather than limiting focus to financial support.

Full text:
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102980D  pdf

Status:
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102980D
01/10/17  House: Referred to Committee on Rules
01/12/17  House: Assigned Rules sub: Studies
01/26/17  House: Tabled in Rules by voice vote