Out of State Cases


Q: Can you collect child support obligations when the non-custodial parent lives in another state?

A: Yes. We may be able to establish and enforce a California order if the California court has jurisdiction over the non-custodial parent.  If a California court does not have jurisdiction, we can request an order be established and enforced in the state in which the non-custodial parent lives. 

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Q: Can you collect child support obligations when the non-custodial parent lives in another country?

A: It depend on which country.

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Q: Why does it take so long for my case to proceed?

A: Once we have determined that we must proceed by obtaining the assistance of an agency in another state or country, we must send a request to the agency.  The agency has 90 days to open a case.

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Q: What is Registration of Foreign Order?

A: An out of state order can be enforced without registration.  However, registration of another state or country’s court order may be done for enforcement and/or modification purposes. 

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Q:Why does my order have to be registered out of state?

A: A California order can be enforced in another state without registration.  However, registration of the California order may be done for enforcement and/or modification purposes.

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Q: Why can't Sacramento County enforce my child support order?

A: Prior to requesting the assistance of another state, we review every case to determine if California has jurisdiction to either to establish and/or enforce an existing child support order. If we determine that California has no jurisdiction, we send a request to the other state asking them to establish and/or enforce an existing child support order as we do not have legal jurisdiction to do so in the case. Jurisdiction is determined pursuant to Federal and State laws and regulations.

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