Working with Low-Income Cases: Lessons for the Child Support Enforcement System from Parents' Fair Share. C. Requirements for Legally Sufficient Review Notice to NCPs

05/01/1998

The more authority the reviewer of the case has to impose sanctions for nonappearance or other noncompliance, the more the CSE agency must comply with specific notice requirements to assure that the NCPs are aware of the review. Typically, court hearings have specific requirements as to the length of advance notice (often 20 days or more), the language needed to inform NCPs of the nature of the proceeding, and the method of delivery (sometimes personal service, but usually at least certified mail). The notice for less formal group meetings to screen for eligibility can be sent with less advance planning, through the regular mail, and with more freedom to emphasize the opportunities that PFS offers.