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Administrative Establishment of Child Support Is Efficient for Uncontested Cases; Compliance Is Better for Orders Established Judicially, Report No. 03-36, June 2003
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The 2001 Legislature authorized the Department of Revenue to conduct a pilot study to help determine whether incorporating an administrative method to establish child support orders would improve Florida’s child support order establishment process. The Legislature expanded the project statewide in 2002.

Pilot study results show that the administrative process was more efficient for establishing uncontested child support orders. However, compliance with support orders was higher for orders established through the judicial process. A contributing factor to the lower collection rates for administrative support orders was the lack of involvement of noncustodial parents during the establishment process.

The effectiveness of the Florida’s Child Support Enforcement Program can be improved by

  • assigning contested cases to the judicial establishment process and
  • scheduling informal discussions with the noncustodial parent and offering mediation services as part of the administrative support order establishment process.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 00-24   Justification Review: Child Support Enforcement Program Florida Department of Revenue, published in December 2000.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Child Support
Department of Revenue

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-48 Department Process Changes Resulted in Fewer Administrative Child Support Orders Than Expected, published in August 2008.
  • Report No. 06-63 Administrative Child Support Order Establishment Process Has Not Yet Produced All Expected Benefits, published in September 2006.
  • Report No. 03-13 Progress Report: Child Support Program Has Adopted or Addressed Most Recommendations, published in February 2003.
  • Report No. 00-24   Justification Review: Child Support Enforcement Program Florida Department of Revenue, published in December 2000.
  • Report No. 00-11 Performance Review: Establishment of the State Disbursement Unit Raises Cost to Process Child Support Payments, published in September 2000.
  • Report No. 99-10 Child Support Enforcement State Case Registry, published in September 1999.
  • Report No. 96-59 Supplemental Analyses, Child Support Collection and Disbursement, Clerks of Circuit Court, published in February 1997.
  • Report No. 96-28 Review of the Collection and Disbursement Processes of the Florida Child Support Enforcement Program, published in January 1997.

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