Because the original federal legislation on child support added a “Title IV-D” to the Social Security Act, county child support offices, which are subsidized by the federal program, are sometimes called “IV-D agencies.” Child support enforcement services provided by IV-D agencies are often referred to as “IV-D services.” Cases in which the county is a party are called “IV-D cases.” IV-D cases are divided into public assistance cases (PA) and those where the obligor or obligee simply applies for support enforcement (NPA, or nonpublic assistance). IV-D cases include spousal maintenance if the child for whom child support is ordered is or was living with the obligee, and spousal maintenance-only cases when the only service needed is income withholding. A case that is for income withholding-only services is referred to as a “non-IV-D case.” Minn. Stat. §§ 256.741; 256.87; 518A.26, subds. 10 and 21; and various other provisions of chapters 518 and 518A.

CREDIT: The content of this and any related posts have been copied or adopted from the Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department’s Information Brief, Minnesota’s Child Support Laws, written by legislative analyst Lynn Aves.

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