Title IV-D in Utah

by Norris Law Group on May 9, 2014

Title IV-D in UtahTitle IV-D (“Title 4-D”) is part of the Social Security Act. The full title of this 1975 addendum to the SSA is United States Code, Title 42, Chapter 7, Subchapter IV, Part D, Child Support and Establishment of Paternity. The federal Social Security Administration administers Title IV-D.

Title IV-D may apply in situations in which a non-custodial parent has fallen behind in his or her child support payments. This federal law demands that these NCP’s pay any arrearages, or overdue child support. The Social Security Administration is responsible for the Social Security Numbers (SSN’s) in the United States, as well as all transactions associated with each one. This gives the Social Security Administration the power to garnish the wages of parents who are not paying their child support payments as order by the court in their state.

What Title IV-D does

In Utah, Title IV-D cases are handled by the Office of Recovery Services (ORS) within the Utah Department of Human Services. Some of the services that the ORS provides include (but are not limited to):

  1. Help with locating missing parents;
  2. Determining paternity;
  3. Establishment of child support and/or medical support for minor children;
  4. Adjustment and review of existing court-ordered child support rulings;
  5. Child support/medical support enforcement; and/or
  6. Recovering and distributing past-due child support payments;

What Title IV-D doe
s not do

Title IV-D may not be used in issues involving

  • Child custody or visitation;
  • Property division;
  • Requesting or recovering expenses for college, child care, or medical care not covered by insurance; and/or
  • Getting a divorce.

Any U.S. citizen may apply for Title IV-D assistance, and it is available at no charge to applicants. You should know, however, that if you initiate a Title IV-D case against a parent who has fallen behind in child support payments, the case will be taken over by the state of Utah, and the Utah State Attorney General’s office will represent the state rather than you personally.

Attorney Graham Norris and his associates at the Norris Law Group serve the residents of Utah County and throughout Utah in the area of divorce and family law. Contact them today at 801-932-1238 or online for a free consultation.


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