The proposed amendments to Rules 12E-1.030, 12E-1.036, and 12E-1.039, F.A.C., incorporate administrative changes to forms used in establishing paternity and child support obligations.  

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    DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE

    Division of Child Support Enforcement

    RULE NOS.:RULE TITLES:

    12E-1.030Administrative Establishment of Child Support Obligations

    12E-1.036Administrative Establishment of Paternity and Support Obligations

    12E-1.039Request for Services

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The proposed amendments to Rules 12E-1.030, 12E-1.036, and 12E-1.039, F.A.C., incorporate administrative changes to forms used in establishing paternity and child support obligations.

    SUMMARY: The proposed amendments to Rule 12E-1.030, F.A.C., incorporate the Family Law Rules in form CS-P030, Family Law Financial Affidavit, to be used in judicial actions when the individual’s gross annual income is more than $50,000. The proposed amendments to these rules also incorporate administrative changes to forms in Rules 12E-1.039, 12E-1.036, and 12E-1.030, F.A.C., to provide additional assistance to customers requesting child support services, to reflect the statutory requirements for administrative support orders, and to clarify the date upon which any past due support was determined for an administrative support order.

    SUMMARY OF STATEMENT OF ESTIMATED REGULATORY COSTS AND LEGISLATIVE RATIFICATION:

    The Agency has determined that this will not have an adverse impact on small business or likely increase directly or indirectly regulatory costs in excess of $200,000 in the aggregate within one year after the implementation of the rule. A SERC has not been prepared by the Agency.

    The Agency has determined that the proposed rule is not expected to require legislative ratification based on the statement of estimated regulatory costs or if no SERC is required, the information expressly relied upon and described herein: 1) no requirement for the Statement of Economic Regulatory Costs (SERC) was triggered under Section 120.541(1), F.S.; and 2) based on past experiences regarding rules of this nature, the adverse impact or regulatory cost, if any, do not exceed nor would exceed any one of the economic analysis criteria in a SERC, as set forth in Section 120.541(2)(a), F.S.

    Any person who wishes to provide information regarding a statement of estimated regulatory costs, or provide a proposal for a lower cost regulatory alternative must do so in writing within 21 days of this notice.

    RULEMAKING AUTHORITY: 61.14(1)(d), 409.2557(3), 409.256(17), 409.2563(7)(e), 409.2563(16), 409.25633(9), FS.

    LAW IMPLEMENTED: 409.2563, 409.25633, 409.2567, FS.

    IF REQUESTED WITHIN 21 DAYS OF THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE, A HEARING WILL BE HELD AT THE DATE, TIME AND PLACE SHOWN BELOW (IF NOT REQUESTED, THIS HEARING WILL NOT BE HELD):

    DATE AND TIME: June 28, 2018, 1:00 p.m.

    PLACE: 2450 Shumard Oak Boulevard, Building Two, Room 1220, Tallahassee, Florida

    Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 48 hours before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Bobby York at (850)617-8037. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE IS: Bobby York, Government Analyst II, Child Support Program, Department of Revenue, P.O. Box 8030, Mail Stop 2-4464, Tallahassee, Florida 32314-8030, Telephone: (850)617-8037

     

    THE FULL TEXT OF THE PROPOSED RULE IS:

     

    12E-1.030 Administrative Establishment of Child Support Obligations.

    (1) through (3) No change.

    (4) Obtaining Cooperation from the Petitioner.

    (a) If a case is eligible for establishment of an administrative support order the Department must obtain cooperation from the petitioner before serving notice on the respondent. To obtain cooperation, the Department mails the petitioner Form CS-ES96, Request for Information, incorporated herein by reference, effective xx/xx09/18, (http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-_____09861); the Financial Affidavit Administrative Proceeding (CS-OA11); the Parent Information Form (CS-OA12); and the Title IV-D Standard Parenting Time Plan (CS-OA250), except as provided by paragraph (6)(a). Forms CS-OA11 and CS-OA12 are incorporated by reference in Rule 12E-1.036, F.A.C. Form          CS-OA250 is available at www.floridarevenue.com/childsupport/parenting_time_plans. The petitioner has 20 days after the mailing date of the forms to complete and return them.

    (b) and (c) No change.

    (5) through (13) No change.

    (14) Modifying an Administrative Support Order.

    (a) through (c) No change.

    (d) The Department shall notify the parents or caregiver when it begins a proceeding to modify the support obligation of an Administrative Support Order.

    1. The Department uses Form CS-OA120R, Proposed Order to Modify Administrative Support Order, hereby incorporated by reference, effective 09/18, (http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-09862), to modify the support obligation amount when a review indicates a modification is appropriate. If the party that did not request the review responds during the support order review, the Department sends the proposed order by regular mail to both parties to their addresses of record. If the non-requesting party does not participate in the support order review, the Department shall attempt to serve the proposed order on the non-requesting party by certified mail or personal service. If service is not accomplished by certified mail or personal service, the Department shall send the non-requesting party the proposed order by regular mail to the non-requesting partys address of record. If the proposed order is not contested by either party within 30 days of service by certified mail or personal service, or 35 days after the Notice is sent by regular mail, the Department prepares and renders Form CS-OA140R, Final Modified Administrative Support Order, hereby incorporated by reference, effective xx/xx09/18, (http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-_____09863). Under section 409.2563(13)(c), F.S., a party to an administrative proceeding has a continuing duty to provide the Department with a current mailing address after being served with an initial notice under paragraph (5)(b) of this rule, and the party is presumed to receive a subsequent notice, proposed order or other document mailed to the partys address of record including a proposed order to modify support.

    2. and 3. No change.

    (15) Termination of an Administrative Support Order.

    (a) through (d) No change.

    (e) When the Department begins a proceeding to terminate an Administrative Support Order, the Department shall notify the parents or caregiver by regular mail at the address of record for each party using Form CS-OA160, Notice of Intent to Terminate Final Administrative Support Order, hereby incorporated by reference, effective 09/19/2017, (http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-08627). If the notice is not contested the Department shall render Form CS-OA178, Final Administrative Order Terminating Support Order, hereby incorporated by reference, effective xx/xx09/19/2017, (http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-_____08628).

    (16) through (18) No change.

    Rulemaking Authority 61.13(1)(b)7., 61.14(1)(d), 409.2557(3)(p), 409.2563(7)(e), 409.2563(16), 409.25633(9) FS. Law Implemented 409.2563, 409.25633 FS. History–New 9-19-17, Amended 1-17-18, 9-17-18, __________.

     

    12E-1.036 Administrative Establishment of Paternity and Support Obligations.

    (1) through (6) No change.

    (7) Notice of Proceeding to Establish Paternity and Order to Appear for Genetic Testing.

    (a) No change.

    (b) Proceeding in Circuit Court.

    1. No change.

    2. Respondent Asks the Department to Proceed in Circuit Court. The respondent may ask the Department to stop the administrative proceeding and proceed in circuit court. The respondent must make this request in writing and the request must be received by the Department within 20 days after being served the Initial Notice. The request from the respondent must state that he requests the Department proceed with the determination of paternity in circuit court or that he has custody matters or parental rights issues which need to be addressed by the court. Oral requests are not accepted. If the respondent files a timely request for the Department to file an action in circuit court, the Department will send the respondent Form CS-OA247, Request for Court Action Status Update, hereby incorporated by reference, effective 09/19/2017, (http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-08633). The Department sends the petitioning parent Form CS-OA248, Notice of Court Action Financial Affidavit Needed for Court, hereby incorporated by reference, effective 09/19/2017, (http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-08634).

    3. The Department then sends the petitioning parent Form CS-PO31, Family Law Financial Affidavit (Short Form), hereby incorporated by reference, effective xx/xx09/19/2017, (http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-_____08635). Form CS-PO31 instructs the petitioning parent to contact the Department by phone to request a Family Law Financial Affidavit (Long Form), Form CS-PO30, if the individual’s gross income is more than $50,000 per year. Form CS-PO30 is hereby incorporated by reference, effective xx/xx, (http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-xxxxx). The Department will send the CS-PO30 to the petitioning parent upon request.  

    4. If the petitioning parent does not return the CS-PO30 or CS-PO31, the Department shall initiate case closure if the petitioning parent is not receiving public assistance. If the petitioning parent is receiving Medicaid or food assistance, the Department shall report noncooperation to the Department of Children and Families as required by section 409.2572, F.S., and initiate case closure. If the petitioning parent is receiving temporary cash assistance for the child, the Department shall prepare a financial affidavit for the other parent as authorized by section 61.30(15), F.S. If the petitioning parent returns the CS-PO30 or CS-PO31, the Department will file a petition with the clerk of court to determine the support obligation and obtain a civil case number.

    5. After filing the petition in circuit court, the Department sends a copy of the petition to the respondent by certified mail, return receipt requested. Along with the copy of the petition, the Department sends the Notice of Commencement of Action and Request for Waiver of Service of Process Administrative Paternity Proceeding form (http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-06604), CS-OA18, effective 4/5/16, and incorporated by reference. The Department also sends two copies of the Waiver of Service of Process form (http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-06605), CS-OA19, effective 4/5/16, and incorporated by reference. If the respondent is represented by an attorney, the Department sends this packet of forms and petition to the respondent’s attorney.

    6. The respondent has 10 days from the receipt of these forms to sign and complete one copy of the CS-OA19, and return it to the Department. If the Department does not receive the signed completed CS-OA19, within 10 days, it proceeds with the establishment of paternity administratively. The Department also files a voluntary dismissal of the civil case with the clerk of court and mails a copy of the voluntary dismissal to the respondent. If the respondent completes and returns the CS-OA19, within 10 days, the Department sends the petitioner or caregiver the Dismissal of Administrative Proceeding CS-OA88 form. The Department will then end the administrative proceeding and proceed in circuit court.

    (8) through (12) No change.

    (13) Proceeding to Establish an Administrative Paternity and Support Order.

    (a) After paternity has been determined, the Department may serve the alleged father by regular mail at the address of record with the Notice of Proceeding to Establish Administrative Support Order form (http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-_____08996),     CS-OA01, effective xx/xx1/18, and incorporated by reference. The CS-OA01 informs the alleged father the Department intends to establish a paternity and a support obligation for the child named in the Notice and explains the steps the Department will take. The CS-OA01 also informs the alleged father of his right to file an action in circuit court or request the Department to proceed in circuit court instead of administratively. The Department will:

    1. No change.

    2. Send the alleged father the Financial Affidavit Administrative Support Proceeding form (http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-08640), CS-OA11, effective 09/19/2017, and incorporated by reference. The CS-OA11 requests information to determine an individual’s income for the purpose of calculating the child support guideline amount. Also included in the packet is the Parent Information Form Administrative Support Proceeding (http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-_____08641), CS-OA12, effective xx/xx09/19/2017, and incorporated by reference, which asks each party for case specific information regarding employment, residence, and children.

    3. No change.

    (b) No change.

    (14) No change.

    (15) Final Order Establishing Paternity or Paternity and Child Support.

    (a) The Department will render a Final Order of Paternity (http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-_____09866), CS-OP50, effective xx/xx09/18, or a Final Administrative Paternity and Support Order (http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-_____09867), CS-OA40, effective xx/xx09/18, both forms incorporated by reference, if the alleged father does not ask for a hearing timely. The Department may use a Final Administrative Paternity and Support Order (http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-_____09868), CS-OX40, effective xx/xx09/18, and incorporated by reference, in cases where there is more than one child on the order and paternity does not need to be established for all of the children. In addition to the Final Administrative Paternity and Support Order, the Department enters an Income Deduction Order as part of the Final Administrative Paternity and Support Order. The respondent is responsible for making the ordered payments to the State Disbursement Unit until the income deduction begins.

    (b) through (e) No change.

    (16) through (21) No change.

    Rulemaking Authority 409.2557(3)(p), 409.256(17), 409.25633(9) FS. Law Implemented 409.256, 409.2563, 409.25633 FS. History–New 4-5-16, Amended 9-19-17, 1-17-18, 9-17-18, __________.

     

    12E-1.039 Request for Services.

    (1) through (4) No change.

    (5) Supporting documents; additional requirements.

    (a) The applicant and public assistance recipient must:

    1. and 2. No change.

    3. Provide a paternity declaration for each child who does not have a legal father.

    (I) The Department uses the Paternity Declaration, Form CS-PO34, for the mother. Form CS-PO34, (http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-_____08654), is incorporated herein by reference effective xx/xx09/19/2017.

    (II) and (III) No change.

    4. through 7. No change.

    (6) No change.

    Rulemaking Authority 409.2557(3)(h), (i) FS. Law Implemented 409.2567 FS. History–New 9-19-17, __________.

     

    NAME OF PERSON ORIGINATING PROPOSED RULE: Bobby York

    NAME OF AGENCY HEAD WHO APPROVED THE PROPOSED RULE: Governor and Cabinet

    DATE PROPOSED RULE APPROVED BY AGENCY HEAD: June 04, 2019

    DATE NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT PUBLISHED IN FAR: April 3, 2019

Document Information

Comments Open:
6/7/2019
Summary:
The proposed amendments to Rule 12E-1.030, F.A.C., incorporate the Family Law Rules in form CS-P030, Family Law Financial Affidavit, to be used in judicial actions when the individual’s gross annual income is more than $50,000. The proposed amendments to these rules also incorporate administrative changes to forms in Rules 12E-1.039, 12E-1.036, and 12E-1.030, F.A.C., to provide additional assistance to customers requesting child support services, to reflect the statutory requirements for ...
Purpose:
The proposed amendments to Rules 12E-1.030, 12E-1.036, and 12E-1.039, F.A.C., incorporate administrative changes to forms used in establishing paternity and child support obligations.
Rulemaking Authority:
ss. 61.13(1)(b)7., 61.14(1)(d), 409.2557(3), 409.256(17), 409.2563(7)(e), 409.2563(16), 409.25633(9), FS.
Law:
ss. 409.256, 409.2563, 409.25633, 409.2567, FS.
Contact:
Bobby York, Government Analyst II, Child Support Program, Department of Revenue, P.O. Box 8030, Mail Stop 2-4464, Tallahassee, Florida 32314-8030, Telephone: (850) 617-8037
Related Rules: (3)
12E-1.030.
12E-1.036.
12E-1.039.