Magazine article Policy & Practice

Nevada County (Calif.) Child Support Collection Improves

Magazine article Policy & Practice

Nevada County (Calif.) Child Support Collection Improves

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NEVADA CITY, Calif. -- While the recession has made it more difficult to collect full child support payments, a report from the state department of health and human services shows Nevada County's child support department is faring well against other counties.

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Midway through the fiscal year, the joint Sierra and Nevada County department ranks fourth in the state based on a number of performance standards--a jump from June 2009, when the joint counties ranked 16.

Nevada/Sierra counties have about 3,400 child support cases, while California overall has 1.6 million. A "case" encompasses all children born to a specific couple, meaning more than 1.6 million children are involved in the state's child support system.

Nevada/Sierra counties had the highest rate of "paternity establishments" in the state, meaning they were most successful at getting the father's identity on a child's birth certificate. That metric is up from last year, when the county ranked 39th) in the state. …

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