Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual

Child Support Cooperation

Revised:

26.4

GOOD CAUSE FOR REFUSAL/FAILURE TO COOPERATE WITH CHILD SUPPORT

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Good cause can be granted for refusal/failure to cooperate with Child Support Services only under the following circumstances:

 

        It is reasonably certain that there will be physical or serious emotional harm to the child for whom support is being sought as a result of the caretakerís cooperation.If the good cause claim is made based on emotional harm, an emotional condition must already exist that cooperation would likely result in an emotional impairment that would substantially affect the childís functioning.

 

        It is reasonably certain that there will be physical or serious emotional harm to the caretaker that would reduce his/her capacity to provide adequate care for the child.If the good cause claim is made based on emotional harm, an emotional condition must already exist that cooperation would likely result in an emotional impairment that would substantially affect the caretakerís functioning.

 

        Pursuit of the child support would be detrimental to the child because he/she was conceived as a result of incest or forcible rape.

 

        Adoption or termination of parental rights proceedings are pending for the child.

 

        The caretaker is being assisted by a public or licensed private social agency to decide whether to keep the child or relinquish for adoption.This good cause reason will be in effect for only three months.

 

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