SRLN Brief: OCSE Guidance on Collaborative Child Support Activities (SRLN 2016)
The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) has developed a strong collaboration with the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Access to Justice Initiative. The Access to Justice Initiative was established to improve access to justice in the criminal and civil justice system and to help the justice system efficiently deliver outcomes that are fair and accessible to all, irrespective of wealth and status. As part of the initiative, DOJ works with stakeholders to increase access to counsel and pro se legal assistance and to improve the justice delivery systems that serve people who are unable to afford lawyers. The OCSE-DOJ collaboration focuses on improving self-help strategies in state judicial and administrative child support proceedings, helping states implement the four criteria in Turner v. Rogers, 131 S.Ct. 2507 (2011), and reducing the use of civil contempt that leads to incarceration in states that use civil contempt to enforce child support. Please see below for more resources from the federal government:
See also the SRLN IV-D Funding Resource Guide for more information about how states have integrated these services into their access initiatives.
Finally, please note that collaboration is a key component of the new HHS grant initiative Procedural Justice Informed Alternatives to Contempt, with an expected post date of May 9, 2016, with applications due July 8, 2016, and project start date September 30, 2016.