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What is IV-D?
Title IV-D of the Social Security Act created the Child Support Enforcement Program. It provides for the establishment of paternity and the establishment, enforcement, collection and distribution of all child support payments.

NOTICE Child Support Guidelines Survey:
L.S.A. - R.S. 9:315.16 requires a review of the Louisiana Child Support Guidelines not less than once every four years. Pursuant to R.S. 9:315.16, the Department of Children and Family Services and the Louisiana District Attorneys Association are charged with obtaining all information required to comply with the provisions of 42 U.S.C. 667 (a) and present their findings and recommendations to the legislature sixty (60) days prior to the beginning of the Regular Session of the Legislature.

In an effort to comply with this requirement, the Child Support Guidelines Review Committee has prepared a confidential survey to gather information from child support professionals and parents with a child support order.

The Louisiana District Attorneys Association, the District Attorneys invite their constituents to make their voices heard and help us improve this State’s child support guidelines by participating in the survey.

Present Status:
Child Support Enforcement (CSE), part of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), has contracted with 40 of the 42 District Attorneys in Louisiana to provide child support services pursuant to La. R.S. 46:236.1 to welfare and non-welfare applicants. District Attorneys also have the discretion to proceed in the criminal arena by prosecuting absent parents for criminal neglect of family, independent of their contracts with CSE/DCFS.

Today, the IV-D program is a vital component of the District Attorney's office and provides a valuable public service in establishing and collecting past and present support obligations.

The mission of Child Support Enforcement Services:
The stated mission of the IV-D program is "To assist custodial parents so that their children will be able to receive basic human needs of economic and medical support."

Who is eligible?
Child Support Enforcement Services are available for applicants who receive:

Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP);

Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP);

Non-IV-E Medicaid; and

Non-FITAP Medicaid.

The same services are also available to applicants who are not on any of the above forms of assistance and who pay a $25 fee. These cases are called non- FITAP cases. Additionally, a non-resident applicant who applies for services through the IV-D agency in his state is also eligible for assistance from the Louisiana IV-D Program.

IV-D program functions:
There are five major program services in child support enforcement:
1. Absent parent location
2. Establishment of paternity
3. Establishment of support obligation, including medical support obligations
4. Collection and distribution of support payments, including spousal support in conjunction with child support order
5. Enforcement of support obligation, including medical and spousal

The issues of custody and visitation are not functions of the IV-D program and are not made a part of any IV-D proceedings. Additionally, the federal government has imposed time frames for taking certain actions.

Should you need any information regarding IV-D or child support issues, please call (225) 343-0171.

Links and Resources
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Families & Children
IV-D Roster (members-only password required)