Kentucky Revised Statutes Title XVII. Economic Security and Public Welfare § 205.712. Department for Income Support;  duties;  cabinet to process child support payments;  state disbursement unit;  cabinet's cooperation with courts and officials;  reporting of obligors;  denial, suspension, and revocation of licenses;  data match system;  subpoenas;  distribution of child support program information

(1)  The Department for Income Support, Child Support Enforcement, is established in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

(2)  The duties of the Department for Income Support, Child Support Enforcement, or its designee, shall include:

(a) Serve as state agency authorized to administer Part D of Title IV of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. secs. 651 to 669 ;

(b) Serve as the information agency as provided in the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, KRS Chapter 407;

(c) Serve as collector of all court-ordered or administratively ordered child support payments pursuant to Part D of Title IV of the Social Security Act;

(d) Serve as the agent for enforcement of international child support obligations, and respond to requests from foreign reciprocating countries;

(e) Establish and enforce an obligation upon receipt of a completed, notarized voluntary acknowledgment-of-paternity form;

(f) Enforce Kentucky child support laws, including collection of court-ordered or administratively ordered child support arrearages and prosecution of persons who fail to pay child support;

(g) Publicize the availability of services and encourage the use of these services for establishing paternity and child support;

(h) Pay the cost of genetic testing to establish paternity, subject to recoupment from the alleged father, when paternity is administratively or judicially determined;  and obtain additional testing when an original test is contested, upon request and advance payment by the contestant;

(i) Establish child support obligations and seek modification of judicially or administratively established child support obligations in accordance with the child support guidelines of the Commonwealth of Kentucky as provided under KRS 403.212 ;

(j) Administratively establish child support orders which shall have the same force and effect of law;

(k) Issue an administrative subpoena to secure public and private records of utility and cable companies and asset and liability information from financial institutions for the establishment, modification, or enforcement of a child support obligation;

(l) Impose a penalty for failure to comply with an administrative subpoena;

(m) Provide notices, copies of proceedings, and determinations of support amounts to any parties or individuals who are applying for or receiving Title IV-D services, or who are parties to cases in which Title IV-D services are being provided;

(n) Issue interstate administrative subpoenas to any individual or entity for financial or other information or documents which are needed to establish, modify, or enforce a child support obligation pursuant to Part D of Title IV of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. secs. 651 et seq.  An administrative subpoena lawfully issued in another state to an individual or entity residing in this state shall be honored and enforced in the Circuit Court where the individual or entity resides;  and

(o) May promulgate administrative regulations to implement this section and adopt forms or implement other requirements of federal law relating to interstate administrative subpoenas.

(3)  Effective September 30, 1999, the cabinet shall establish a system to receive and process all child support payments.  The system shall include existing computer systems to record the payments.  The automated system shall include a state case registry that contains records with respect to each case in which services are being provided by the cabinet and each child support order established or modified in the state on or after October 1, 1998.

(4)  The cabinet shall establish and operate a state disbursement unit for the collection, disbursement, and recording of payments under support orders for all Title IV-D cases and for all cases initially issued in the state on or after January 1, 1994, in which a wage withholding has been court-ordered or administratively ordered, pursuant to Part D of Title IV of the Social Security Act.  Establishment of the state unit may include the designation and continuation of existing local collection units to aid efficient and effective collection, disbursement, and recording of child support payments.

(5)  After the establishment of the disbursement unit child support collection system, the cabinet or its designee shall serve as collector of all court-ordered or administratively ordered child support payments pursuant to Part D of Title IV of the Social Security Act.

(6)  Where establishment of paternity and enforcement and collection of child support is by law the responsibility of local officials, the cabinet shall refer cases to the appropriate official for such action.  The cabinet may enter into cooperative arrangements with appropriate courts and law enforcement officials to assist the cabinet in administering the program of child support recovery, including the entering into of financial arrangements with such courts and officials as provided for under the provisions of federal law and regulations.  The local county attorney shall be considered the designee of the cabinet for purposes of administering the program of child support recovery within a county, subject to the option of the county attorney to decline such designation.  Nothing in this section shall prevent the secretary from taking such action, with prior written notice, as appropriate if the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement are not met.  When a cooperative agreement with a contracting official is canceled for good cause, the cabinet may not offer that cooperative agreement to that official during the official's tenure.

(7)  Where the local county attorney, friend of the court, domestic relations agent, or other designee of the cabinet has been contracted for the purpose of administering child support enforcement pursuant to Title IV-D of the Social Security Act, the contracting official shall be deemed to be representing the cabinet and as such does not have an attorney-client relationship with the applicant who has requested services pursuant to Title IV-D of the Social Security Act nor with any dependent on behalf of the individuals for whom services are sought.

(8)  The cabinet shall determine the name of each obligor who owes an arrearage of at least two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500).  After notification to the obligor owing an arrearage amount of two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500), the cabinet shall transmit to the United States secretary of health and human services the certified names of the individuals and supporting documentation for the denial, revocation, or limitation of the obligor's passport.  The cabinet shall notify the identified obligor of the determination and the consequences and provide an opportunity to contest the determination.

(9)  The cabinet shall determine the name of an obligor owing an arrearage and shall indefinitely deny, suspend, or revoke a license or certification that has been issued if the person has a child support arrearage that equals or exceeds the amount that would be owed after six (6) months of nonpayment or fails, after receiving appropriate notice, to comply with subpoenas or warrants relating to paternity or child support proceedings as provided by 42 U.S.C. sec. 666(a)(16) .

(10) The cabinet shall forward the name of the individual to a board of licensure or board of certification for the notification of the denial, revocation, or suspension of a driver's license, professional license or certification, occupational license or certification, recreational license, or sporting license.

(11) The denial or suspension shall remain in effect until the child support arrearage has been eliminated or payments on the child support arrearage are being made in accordance with a court or administrative order, the person complies with the subpoena or warrant relating to paternity or child support proceedings, or the appeal of the denial or suspension is upheld and the license is reinstated.

(12) Except for cases administered by the cabinet under 42 U.S.C. secs. 651 et seq. which shall be afforded the appeal process set forth by KRS 405.450(3) , an individual who has a license or certification denied, revoked, or suspended shall have the right to appeal to the licensing or certifying board.

(13) A dispute hearing shall be conducted by the cabinet in accordance with KRS 405.450 .  The only basis for a dispute hearing shall be a mistake in fact.

(14) The cabinet shall in its discretion enter into agreements with financial institutions doing business in the Commonwealth to develop and operate, in coordination with the financial institutions, a data match system as required by KRS 205.772 to 205.778 .

(15) The cabinet may issue both intrastate and interstate administrative subpoenas to any individual or entity for financial or other information or documents that are needed to establish, modify, or enforce a child support obligation pursuant to Title IV-D of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. secs. 651 et seq.  An administrative subpoena lawfully issued in another state to an individual or entity in this state shall be honored and enforced in the Circuit Court of the county in which the individual or entity resides.

(16) The Cabinet for Health and Family Services shall forward to the Office of the Attorney General a list of names of delinquent obligors and, in cooperation with the Office of the Attorney General, shall promulgate administrative regulations in accordance with KRS Chapter 13A to implement KRS 15.055 .

(17) The cabinet shall compare a quarterly report provided by the Finance and Administration Cabinet of all tort claims made against the state by individuals with the child support database to match individuals who have a child support arrearage and may receive a settlement from the state.

(18) The cabinet shall prepare and distribute to the cabinet's designee for the administration of the child support program information on child support collections and enforcement.  The information shall include a description of how child support obligations are:

(a) Established;

(b) Modified;

(c) Enforced;

(d) Collected;  and

(e) Distributed.

(19) The cabinet's designee for the administration of the child support program shall distribute, when appropriate, the following:

(a) Information on child support collections and enforcement;  and

(b) Job listings posted by employment services.


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