Though all states follow UIFSA, each is an independent, sovereign entity with its own way of doing things. Some states follow an administrative process while others are judicial. The tendency for customers - and even some support workers - is to think that everyone does child support the way we do it here in Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania the Title IV-D Child Support program is administered by the state Bureau of Child Support Enforcement (BCSE), a branch of the state welfare department. The county offices, which work under contract with BCSE, are part of the Courts of Common Pleas. But program administration varies widely across the country. For example, in Massachusetts the program is administered by the State Department of Revenue, while in Texas it is by the State Attorney General’s Office.
To deal with this diversity and the resulting complexity of procedures, Westmoreland DRS devotes three officers exclusively to interstate cases. Each has his or her assigned states. This allows the officers to gain, over time, a familiarity with how other states do business. Every year we send interstate officers to interstate training conferences for the purpose of sharpening their skills and broadening their network of helpful workers in other states. The officer who covers Ohio, where we have many cases, and Montana, where we have probably one case, is no doubt far more familiar with Ohio’s procedures than with Montana’s.