§ 303.0 Scope and applicability of this part
§ 303.1 Definitions
§ 303.2 Establishment of cases and maintenance of case records
§ 303.3 Location of noncustodial parents in IV-D cases
§ 303.4 Establishment of support obligations
§ 303.5 Establishment of paternity
§ 303.6 Enforcement of support obligations
§ 303.7 Provision of services in intergovernmental IV-D cases
§ 303.8 Review and adjustment of child support orders
§ 303.11 Case closure criteria
§ 303.15 Agreements to use the Federal Parent Locator Service (PLS) in parental kidnapping and child custody or visitation cases
§ 303.20 Minimum organizational and staffing requirements
§ 303.21 Safeguarding and disclosure of confidential information
§ 303.30 Securing medical support information
§ 303.31 Securing and enforcing medical support obligations
§ 303.32 National Medical Support Notice
§ 303.35 Administrative complaint procedure
§ 303.52 Pass-through of incentives to political subdivisions
§ 303.69 Requests by agents or attorneys of the United States for information from the Federal Parent Locator Service (PLS)
§ 303.70 v2 Procedures for submissions to the State Parent Locator Service (State PLS) or the Federal Parent Locator Service (Federal PLS)
§ 303.72 Requests for collection of past-due support by Federal tax refund offset
§ 303.100 Procedures for income withholding
§ 303.101 Expedited processes
§ 303.102 Collection of overdue support by State income tax refund offset
§ 303.104 Procedures for posting security, bond or guarantee to secure payment of overdue support
§ 303.106 Procedures to prohibit retroactive modification of child support arrearages
§ 303.107 Requirements for cooperative arrangements
§ 303.108 Quarterly wage and unemployment compensation claims reporting to the National Directory of New Hires
§ 303.109 Procedures for State monitoring, evaluation and reporting on programs funded by Grants to States for Access and Visitation Programs

Terms Used In 45 CFR Part 303

  • Act: means the Social Security Act, and the title referred to is title IV-D of that Act. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Agent of a Child: means a caretaker relative having custody of or responsibility for the child. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Central authority: means the agency designated by a government to facilitate support enforcement with a foreign reciprocating country (FRC) pursuant to section 459A of the Act. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • Central registry: means a single unit or office within the State IV-D agency which receives, disseminates and has oversight responsibility for processing incoming interstate IV-D cases, including UIFSA petitions and requests for wage withholding in IV-D cases and, at the option of the State, intrastate IV-D cases. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Controlling order State: means the State in which the only order was issued or, where multiple orders exist, the State in which the order determined by a tribunal to control prospective current support pursuant to the UIFSA was issued. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • Country: means a foreign country (or a political subdivision thereof) declared to be an FRC under section 459A of the Act and any foreign country (or political subdivision thereof) with which the State has entered into a reciprocal arrangement for the establishment and enforcement of support obligations to the extent consistent with Federal law pursuant to section 459A(d) of the Act. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Department: means the Department of Health and Human Services. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Director: means the Director, Office of Child Support Enforcement, who is the Secretary's designee to administer the Child Support Enforcement program under title IV-D. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Federal PLS: means the Parent Locator Service operated by the Office of Child Support Enforcement pursuant to section 452(a)(9) of the Act. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • Form: means a federally-approved document used for the establishment and enforcement of support obligations whether compiled or transmitted in written or electronic format, including but not limited to the Income Withholding for Support form, and the National Medical Support Notice. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Initiating agency: means a State or Tribal IV-D agency or an agency in a country, as defined in this rule, in which an individual has applied for or is receiving services. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • IV-D Agency: means the single and separate organizational unit in the State that has the responsibility for administering or supervising the administration of the State plan under title IV-D of the Act. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Medicaid: means medical assistance provided under a State plan approved under title XIX of the Act. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • Medicaid agency: means the single State agency that has the responsibility for the administration of, or supervising the administration of, the State plan under title XIX of the Act. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Office: means the Office of Child Support Enforcement which is the separate organizational unit within the Department with the responsibility for the administration of the program under this title. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • One-state remedies: means the exercise of a State's jurisdiction over a non-resident parent or direct establishment, enforcement, or other action by a State against a non-resident parent in accordance with the long-arm provision of UIFSA or other State law. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • Overdue support: means a delinquency pursuant to an obligation determined under a court order, or an order of an administrative process established under State law, for support and maintenance of a minor child, which is owed to or on behalf of the child, or for the noncustodial parent's spouse (or former spouse) with whom the child is living, but only if a support obligation has been established with respect to the spouse and the support obligation established with respect to the child is being enforced under State's IV-D plan. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • Past-due support: means the amount of support determined under a court order or an order of an administrative process established under State law for support and maintenance of a child, or of a child and the parent with whom the child is living, which has not been paid. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • Political subdivision: means a legal entity of the State as defined by the State, including a legal entity of the political subdivision so defined, such as a Prosecuting or District Attorney or a Friend of the Court. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Procedures: means a set of instructions in a record which describe in detail the step by step actions to be taken by child support enforcement personnel in the performance of a specific function under the State's IV-D plan. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • Record: means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • Responding agency: means the agency that is providing services in response to a referral from an initiating agency in an intergovernmental IV-D case. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • Secretary: means the Secretary of Health and Human Services. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • State: means the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • State plan: means the State plan for child and spousal support under section 454 of the Act. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • State PLS: means the service established by the IV-D agency pursuant to section 454(8) of the Act to locate parents. See 45 CFR 301.1
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Statute of limitations: A law that sets the time within which parties must take action to enforce their rights.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Tribunal: means a court, administrative agency, or quasi-judicial entity authorized under State law to establish, enforce, or modify support orders or to determine parentage. See 45 CFR 301.1