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385 Agency Road

PO Box 365

Lapwai, ID.

83540

Serving families who live or work on the Nez Perce Reservation.

Child Support Enforcement Services

How child support services can help your family

 

Locate the Other Parent:

If you have lost contact with the other parent, CSEP may be able to help. To ensure that children are supported by both parents, CSEP can access resources that may provide information about where the other parent lives or works. If the other parent agrees, we can share information with you.

Paternity:

If you were not married to the other parent when your child was born, a legal bond may be exist between your child and the father. This legal bond, called paternity, is necessary to establish a child support obligation and benefits children in many other ways. CSEP can help establish legal fatherhood. If you are not sure who is the father, genetic testing is available through CSEP.

Establish Child Support Obligations:

If you do not have a child support order, we can help you with the legal process to get one. Child support obligations are based on Nez Perce Tribal code income guidelines. These guidelines take into account each parent's income and how many chldren they support.

Make Sure Child Support is Paid:

Once a child support order exists, CSEP can enforce the order. CSEP has access to information about parents' income and assets any may take actions such as income withholding (IWO), filing liens on personal and/or property, and/or contempt actions.

CSEP works with parents who want to pay child support but are having financial difficulties. By referring them to services they qualify for or trainings that can help them improve job skills and earning power.

Make Sure Medical Support is Provided:

Providing medical insurance coverage is another part of raising children. CSEP can enroll children on parent's medical insurance policy if the parent was ordered to provide medical coverage.

Custody and Visitation

CSEP is dedicated to ensuring that children receive financial and medical support from parents. However, while we realize that children need both parental involvement and emotional support, we are unable to help parents resolve custody and visitation issues. Tribal court is the place non-custodial parents must utilize to enforcing custody or visitation. Idaho Legal Aid, Idaho Volunteer Lawyer's Program (IVLP), and Idaho Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) can assist non-custodial parents with any legal documents or court proceedings. Some legal services are free or at minimum costs to clients.

About Idaho Volunteer Lawyer's Program (IVLP):

Idaho Volunteer Lawyer's Program provides free civil legal assistance through advice and consultation, brief legal services and representation in certain cases to persons living in poverty. In most cases, out of pocket expenses are for litigation costs but the lawyer’s services are free. IVLP accepts cases in Custody/Visitation, Divorce, Child Support Modification, Guardianship, Debt Defense, Wills/Probates, Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.

Idaho Volunteer Lawyer's Program, (208) 334-4510 or toll free, Idaho only at (800) 221-3295. Hours of operation: 8am to 5pm (MST) M-F

About Idaho Lawyer Referral Services (LSR):

The Idaho Lawyer Referral Services can assist a person who is over-income for free legal services by providing an option for people to acquire attorney services at a reduced rate. LRS attorneys provide their clients with an initial $35 half-hour office consultation free, after initial half-hour, any further fees are negotiable. LRS accepts various cases like, bankruptcy, debtor/creditor, employment, family law, Indian law, personal injury, wills and trust and more.

Idaho Volunteer Lawyer's Program, (208) 334-4500

Modification of Orders

 

How to request a review of your child support order

A review for modification can be initiated in two ways. Either parent can contact the CSEP office and reqeust that a review be conducted or CSEP can initiate a review and modification in public assistance cases. For example TANF.

Tribal law provides the opportunity for child support orders to be modified on a periodic basis to ensure that the amount ordered accurately reflects the parties' ability to pay their obligation. If it has been 36 months or more since the last order or modification, either parent can request a review in writing. If the request for review is within 36 months of the order or modification, the request must provide a reason for the review and supporting documentation or otherwise demonstrate a substantial and continuing change in circumstance.

Reasons why a child support order should change

CSEP can help you through the process of changing a child support order to:

If both parents agree to the suggested changes

If both parents agree to the suggested changes, both parties must sign in front of a notary a motion and stipulation to modify. In that case, you will not need to go to court. A judge will review the changes and if approved, will sign the order.

If parents do not agree to the suggested changes

If both parents do not agree to the suggested changes, a court date is set, and a judge decides if changes should be made to the order. This process may take up to a few months.

Nez Perce Tribe Website

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Administration for Children       and Families

Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE)

The OCSE’s “bubble chart,” is a simple picture of the innovative partnerships and initiatives that state, county, and tribal child support programs have developed to help parents improve their ability and willingness to support their children. Through collaborations with other agencies and programs, we have begun to put the bubble chart in action.

The idea behind the bubble chart is to encourage child support programs to intervene early to address the underlying reasons for nonsupport—whether it is unemployment, parental conflict, or disengagement. By broadening our strategies and partnering with other programs, we can do more to assure that parents provide their children with financial and emotional support throughout childhood.

The bubble chart represents the direction that child support professionals are leading the program toward a more family-centered approach to delivering child support services. Despite budget constraints, we have a lot to look forward to as we continue to innovate and to put families first.

How CSEP is implementing the bubble chart

CSEP has offered various programs for clients and the community. For Child Support Prevention, CSEP has gone into the high schools and presented the p.a.p.a (Paternity and Parenting Awareness) program which targets youth by educating them on paternity establishment and child support. Engagement of Fathers and Healthy Family Relationships sections CSEP has offered to fathers 24/7 Dad curriculum. This year, we will add to the 24/7 Dad curriculum a Healthy Relationships, Economic Stablity and Family Violence portion to the program. Also, CSEP plans to implement a "Gathering of Mothers" to give them an opportunity to take part in the bubble chart. This group with touch upon the Healthy Family Relationships, Economic Stability and Family Violence.