Tennessee Child Custody Form

STATE OF TENNESSEE
DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
APPLICATION FOR CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES
It is this agency’s desire to act in the best interest of you and your child(ren) at all times. Therefore, we want to give you some
important information regarding how your case will be handled.
INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW
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You must notify us immediately if you move or change your telephone number.
Your cooperation is required.
You must return any money sent to you in error.
You must notify us in writing if you wish to cancel services.
WE CAN ATTEMPT TO
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Locate a parent whose whereabouts are unknown,
Establish paternity for a child,
Establish and enforce court orders for child support payments, unpaid medical bills, and/or medical insurance,
Review and modify child support orders, and
Collect child support arrears using a variety of enforcement methods, including intercepting federal income tax refunds.
WE CANNOT
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Guarantee that our attempts to establish or enforce child support will be successful,
Handle matters that are not related to child support such as divorce, visitation or custody disputes, or
Give your case priority over any other cases we have.
AFTER WE RECEIVE YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION, WE WILL
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Review your case,
Decide the proper action to take on your case, and
Make every effort to provide the needed service.
IN ADDITION
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We will contact you if we need additional information from you, and to inform you of appointments and court hearing
dates.
Your signature on the application form indicates your agreement that the agency may file a legal action in your case and
may close your case if you do not cooperate.
Our attorneys represent the State of Tennessee. They will help provide you with child support services, but they do not
represent you or any other individual.
Case information will be given out only for child support purposes.
All child support payments will be processed through the Central Payment Processing site in Nashville, Tennessee.
State of Tennessee
Department of Human Services
Information Gathering Letter
NOTE: Each individual's Social Security number (SSN) is a critical part of case processing. Based on section 466(a)(13) of the Social
Security Act [42 U.S.C. 666(a)(13)], you are required to disclose Social Security numbers to the child support agency. They will be used by
the State's child support enforcement program to locate individuals for the purposes of establishing paternity and establishing, modifying,
and enforcing support obligations. It is possible that your SSN and those of the child(ren) will be used to file interstate child support
enforcement actions and to enroll the child(ren) as beneficiaries of health insurance coverage, and, as such, may be released to the other
parent. The alternate residential parent’s SSN is necessary to properly identify that parent for the purpose of locating him/her, for submitting
cases for the Treasury Offset Program, and for other child support enforcement activities.
The information requested in this application must be provided by every applicant for child support services, regardless of whether they are
the primary residential parent / caretaker or the alternate residential parent of the child(ren). If you are the primary residential parent
(PRP) / caretaker, enter information about yourself in Section II and enter information about the alternate residential parent in Section III.
If you are the alternate residential parent (ARP), enter information about the primary residential parent / caretaker in Section II and enter
information about yourself in Section III.
I.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE APPLICANT FOR CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES
1.
Are you
‰ The PRIMARY RESIDENTIAL PARENT (PRP) / CARETAKER of the child(ren) for whom services are requested
(The PRP is the parent with whom the child(ren) resides more than 50% of the time) NOTE: For the purpose of completing this application,
also check this box if the child(ren) for whom you are requesting services resides/reside with you exactly 50% of the time.
or
‰ The ALTERNATE RESIDENTIAL PARENT (ARP) of the child(ren) for whom services are requested
(The ARP is the parent with whom the child(ren) resides less than 50% of the time)
If you are the ALTERNATE RESIDENTIAL PARENT (ARP), are you applying for
‰ A review and modification of your support order, or
‰ To establish paternity for the child(ren)?
NOTE: Any application for child support services will result in this agency taking action as needed to enforce support obligations.
2.
Are you under age 18 and unmarried? ‰ Yes ‰ No
If yes, provide the following information about your parent or guardian:
Last Name: _______________________________________ First Name: ________________________ Middle Name: ____________________
Address: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
City: _______________________________________________
State: ____________________________
Zip: ________________________
Phone (Home): (______)____________________________ (Cell): (______)_____________________ (Work): (_____)___________________
3.
Do you have reason to believe that the ARP might try to harm you or the child(ren) if we try to contact him/her, or as the result of any action we
might take on your child support case? ‰ Yes ‰ No
If yes, please explain: __________________________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
4.
Do you want this case to be managed by a child support office located in a county other than the one in which you live?
‰ Yes ‰ No
If yes, indicate which county: _______________________________________________ Granting this request is limited by jurisdictional law and
the location of child support offices.
FOR STATE USE ONLY
Foster care worker’s name:
Approval date:
Phone:
Social Services Number:
IVE Case Number:
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II. INFORMATION ABOUT THE PRIMARY RESIDENTIAL PARENT (PRP) / CARETAKER
If you are the primary residential parent (PRP) or caretaker of the child(ren), provide the following information about yourself.
If you are the alternate residential parent (ARP), complete this section with information about the primary residential parent (PRP) / caretaker.
1.
Last Name: ___________________________________
First Name: _______________________________ Middle Name: _______________
Maiden Name: ________________________________
2.
What is the caretaker’s relationship to the child(ren) (mother / father / grandmother / etc.)?
3.
Identifying information for the primary residential parent (PRP) / caretaker
Date of Birth: ______/______/________
Social Security Number: ________-________-________
Sex: ______________
Address of the primary residential parent (PRP) / caretaker
MAILING address: __________________________________________________________________________________________________
City: ______________________________________ State: ______________ Zip: _______________ County: _______________________
Phone (Home): (_____)______________________ (Cell): (_____)_______________________ (Work): (_____)_______________________
LIVING address: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
City: ______________________________________ State: ______________ Zip: _______________ County: _______________________
Phone (Home): (_____)______________________ (Cell): (_____)_______________________ (Work): (_____)_______________________
4.
Primary residential parent (PRP)’s / caretaker’s employer: ____________________________________________________________________
Address: ____________________________________________________________________________ Phone: (______)__________________
City: ______________________________________________________
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6.
State: ____________________________
Zip: ______________
Has the primary residential parent (PRP) / caretaker ever been married to the alternate residential parent (ARP)? ‰ Yes ‰ No
If yes, provide any of the following information that applies:
Marriage Date: _______________________________________ County: __________________________
State: ____________________
Separation Date: ______________________________________ County: __________________________
State: ____________________
Divorce Date: ________________________________________ County: __________________________
State: ____________________
Is any other agency or attorney involved in pursuing child support at this time?
‰ Yes ‰ No
If yes, give the name of the agency/attorney: __________________________________________ Phone number: (_____)________________
Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
City: ________________________________________________ State: _____________________________ Zip: ______________________
Has there ever been ANY legal action involving this child(ren)? ‰ Yes ‰ No If yes, describe the action:_______________________________
Answer questions # 7 and 8 only if you are the primary residential parent (PRP) / caretaker of the child(ren)
7.
Do you currently receive, or have you ever received public assistance, Families First, Medicaid, or TennCare benefits?
If yes, for what period of time?
From : _________________________________
Did you receive these benefits in Tennessee? ‰ Yes ‰ No
8.
‰ Yes ‰ No
To: ___________________________________________
In which other state(s) did you receive these benefits? ___________________
Name and phone number of a person we can contact if we are not able to reach you.
Name: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Phone number: (________)___________________________________________________
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Relationship: ____________________________
III. INFORMATION ABOUT THE ALTERNATE RESIDENTIAL PARENT (ARP)
If you are the alternate residential parent (ARP), provide the following information about yourself.
If you are the primary residential parent (PRP) / caretaker, provide the following information about the alternate residential parent (ARP) of the
child(ren).
If you are applying for support from more than one alternate residential parent (ARP) you must complete a separate application for each alternate
residential parent (ARP). If different persons could possibly be the father of the same child(ren), make a note of this in Section V, Page 5 of this
application.
1.
First Name:
Last Name:
Middle Name:
Maiden Name (if applicable):
First:
2.
Alias or nicknames: Last:
3.
What is the alternate residential parent (ARP)’s relationship to the child(ren)?
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Phone number(s) for the alternate residential parent (ARP).
Home: (______)__________________________
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Middle:
‰ Father ‰ Mother
Cell: (______)_______________________
Work: (______)______________________
Address of the alternate residential parent (ARP):
Current or last known MAILING address: ________________________________________________________________________________
City: _______________________________________________
State: ____________________________
Zip: ______________________
Is this a good/valid address? ‰ Yes ‰ No
Current or last known LIVING address: __________________________________________________________________________________
City: _______________________________________________
State: _____________________________ Zip: ______________________
Is this a good/valid address? ‰ Yes ‰ No
‰ Yes ‰ No
6.
Is the alternate residential parent (ARP) self-employed?
If yes, in what occupation? ______________________________
7.
Alternate residential parent (ARP)’s current employer: ______________________________________________________________________
Address: _____________________________________________________________________ Phone number: (______)________________
City: _______________________________________________
State: ___________________________ Zip: _______________________
Alternate residential parent (ARP)’s previous employer:______________________________________________________________________
Address: _____________________________________________________________________ Phone number: (______)_________________
City: _______________________________________________
State: ____________________________ Zip: _______________________
8. General information about the alternate residential parent (ARP)
Social Security number
Birthplace (city/county/state)
Date of birth
Approximate age
Driver’s license number (include state)
Sex
Race
Height
Weight
Hair color
Eye color
Photograph provided?
Distinguishing marks
Known disabilities
Other information
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9.
Is the alternate residential parent (ARP) currently in ‰ jail ‰ or prison ?
If yes, provide the following information:
Name of the institution: _________________________________________________ Expected release date: ____________________________
Address: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
City:________________________________________________ State: _____________________________ Zip: _______________________
10. Is this alternate residential parent (ARP) on ‰ probation ‰ or parole?
If yes, provide the following information:
Parole or probation officer’s name: ________________________________________________________________________________________
Address: ___________________________________________________________________ Phone number: (______)____________________
City: _______________________________________________
State: _____________________________ Zip: ________________________
11. Has the alternate residential parent (ARP) ever served in the armed forces?
Dates of service:
‰ Yes ‰ No
If yes, which branch? _______________________
From: ________________________ To: ________________________________________________________________
Is the alternate residential parent (ARP) retired from the military or in the reserves?
‰ Yes ‰ No
12. Does the alternate residential parent (ARP) receive any pensions or benefits from the federal government (Social Security, SSI, VA, retired military,
etc.) or from other sources?
If yes, provide:
‰ Yes ‰ No
Source (1): __________________________________________
Approximate monthly income amount _______________
Source (2): __________________________________________
Approximate monthly income amount ________________
Source (3): __________________________________________
Approximate monthly income amount ________________
13. Describe any assets the alternate residential parent (ARP) may own.
Make:
Model:
Year:
Color:
License plate number:
State:
Cars, trucks, motorcycles
Bank accounts:
Real estate:
Other assets:
14. Other contacts for the alternate residential parent (ARP). Give any information you have, even if it is incomplete:
Mother (first/middle/last name)
Phone number:
Address/City/State
Zip
Father (first/middle/last name)
Phone number:
Address/City/State
Zip
Friend or other relative (first/middle/last name)
Phone number:
Address/City/State
Zip
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IV. COURT ORDER INFORMATION
Is there a court order for child support for the child(ren) for whom child support services are requested? ‰ Yes ‰ No
If yes, provide any information you have about the existing court order(s). Attach copies of the orders and payment records, if available.
V.
Name of the court that issued the order
Date of the order
Docket/case number
County/State
How are payments made? (through court, IV-D agency, or directly to caretaker)
Amount of support ordered
Pay frequency ordered (weekly, monthly, other, etc.)
Payment due date
Date and amount of the last payment/collection
Amount of the arrearage
Use the area below to provide any additional information about your case that you think the child support office may need, including the names
of any other possible fathers of the child(ren) for whom you are applying. (Add a separate sheet if needed)
VI. INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHILD(REN)’S MEDICAL SUPPORT
Which parent provides medical insurance for the child(ren)?
Mother __________
Father __________
Both _________
Neither __________
Carrier name (excluding TennCare): ___________________________________________________________________________________________
Policy number: ____________________________________________
Insured’s name: _____________________________________________
Monthly insurance premium: _________________________________
Number of family members covered by policy: _____________________
Name(s) of the child(ren) who are covered by this policy
_________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
Do the child(ren) have any unpaid medical bills?
Yes __ No __
(If yes, provide itemized detail and copies of all bills.)
Have you presented the unpaid medical bills to the insurance company?
Yes __ No __
(If yes, provide a copy of the Explanation of Benefits
from the insurance company.)
Have you presented the unpaid medical bills to the other party?
Yes __ No __
(If no, provide the other party a copy of the unpaid bills
now.)
Do the child(ren) have any recurring medical expenses not covered by
health insurance?
Yes __ No __
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VII. INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHILD(REN)
List below each of the children of the other parent shown on this application for whom you are requesting child support services. For each
child, provide all of the necessary information and a copy of that child’s birth certificate. Attach additional sheets if needed.
1.
Child's Last Name _____________________
First Name _______________________
Social Security Number: ___________________________________
Middle Name ____________
Date of Birth: ______________________________
City / County / State of Birth: _____________________________________________________________________________
a.
‰ Yes ‰ No
Were the parents married to each other at the time of birth?
‰ Yes ‰ No
b.
Was the mother married to another person at the time of birth?
c.
If this child was born out of wedlock, has paternity been established?
d.
If yes, was paternity established by:
e.
Is this child covered by the alternate residential parent (ARP)’s health/medical insurance policy?
‰ Yes ‰ No
‰ voluntary acknowledgment, ‰ court order, ‰ other (please specify):
2.
Child's Last Name _____________________
First Name _______________________
Social Security Number: ___________________________________
‰ Yes ‰ No
Middle Name ____________
Date of Birth: ______________________________
City / County / State of Birth: _____________________________________________________________________________
‰ Yes ‰ No
a.
Were the parents married to each other at the time of birth?
b.
Was the mother married to another person at the time of birth?
‰ Yes ‰ No
c.
If this child was born out of wedlock, has paternity been established?
‰ Yes ‰ No
d.
If yes, was paternity established by:
‰ voluntary acknowledgment, ‰ court order, ‰ other (please specify):
e.
3.
Is this child covered by the alternate residential parent (ARP)’s health/medical insurance policy?
Child's Last Name _____________________
First Name _______________________
Social Security Number: ___________________________________
‰ Yes ‰ No
Middle Name ____________
Date of Birth: ______________________________
City / County / State of Birth: _____________________________________________________________________________
‰ Yes ‰ No
a.
Were the parents married to each other at the time of birth?
b.
Was the mother married to another person at the time of birth?
c.
If this child was born out of wedlock, has paternity been established?
d.
If yes, was paternity established by:
‰ Yes ‰ No
‰ Yes ‰ No
‰ voluntary acknowledgment, ‰ court order, ‰ other (please specify):
e.
Is this child covered by the alternate residential parent (ARP)’s health/medical insurance policy?
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‰ Yes ‰ No
INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHILDREN (continued)
4.
Child's Last Name _____________________
First Name _______________________
Social Security Number: ___________________________________
Middle Name ____________
Date of Birth: ______________________________
City / County / State of Birth: _____________________________________________________________________________
a.
‰ Yes ‰ No
Were the parents married to each other at the time of birth?
‰ Yes ‰ No
b.
Was the mother married to another person at the time of birth?
c.
If this child was born out of wedlock, has paternity been established?
d.
If yes, was paternity established by:
e.
Is this child covered by the alternate residential parent (ARP)’s health/medical insurance policy?
‰ Yes ‰ No
‰ voluntary acknowledgment, ‰ court order, ‰ other (please specify):
5.
Child's Last Name _____________________
First Name _______________________
Social Security Number: ___________________________________
‰ Yes ‰ No
Middle Name ____________
Date of Birth: ______________________________
City / County / State of Birth: _____________________________________________________________________________
a.
Were the parents married to each other at the time of birth?
b.
Was the mother married to another person at the time of birth?
c.
If this child was born out of wedlock, has paternity been established?
d.
If yes, was paternity established by:
‰ Yes ‰ No
‰ Yes ‰ No
‰ Yes ‰ No
‰ voluntary acknowledgment, ‰ court order, ‰ other (please specify):
e.
6.
Is this child covered by the alternate residential parent (ARP)’s health/medical insurance policy?
Child's Last Name _____________________
First Name _______________________
Social Security Number: ___________________________________
‰ Yes ‰ No
Middle Name ____________
Date of Birth: ______________________________
City / County / State of Birth: _____________________________________________________________________________
a.
Were the parents married to each other at the time of birth?
‰ Yes ‰ No
‰ Yes ‰ No
b.
Was the mother married to another person at the time of birth?
c.
If this child was born out of wedlock, has paternity been established?
d.
If yes, was paternity established by:
e.
Is this child covered by the alternate residential parent (ARP)’s health/medical insurance policy?
‰ Yes ‰ No
‰ voluntary acknowledgment, ‰ court order, ‰ other (please specify):
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‰ Yes ‰ No
APPLICATION
I, ____________________________, am applying for Child Support services provided by the Child Support Agency of the Tennessee
Department of Human Services. I understand and acknowledge the following:
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The Child Support attorney handling my case represents the State of Tennessee, not me personally.
The information that I supply is the source for any petition filed for me.
The Child Support office will act to enforce the alternate residential parent (ARP)’s legal child support obligations. If the Child Support
office determines any action to be improper or unwarranted, it will not take that action.
If I give any information or testimony that a court finds to be false, the State may prosecute me for perjury.
If I get any money as the result of fraud on my part, I understand that the State may charge me with fraud. Also, the State may require me to
pay back any money that I get through fraud.
The Child Support office does not promise the success of any action, or results within a given time.
The services provided by the Child Support agency only include enforcing rights to child support, obtaining and enforcing health insurance
orders, establishing paternity, and in some limited cases, obtaining spousal support. These services do not include actions involving custody,
visitation, or similar issues. If such issues are raised in this case, I understand that I must secure other representation.
Since anyone in the State may apply for Child Support services, this means the Child Support office may provide services to others whose
interests conflict with mine.
I must pay filing fees or court costs if the court determines I am able to pay them. In addition, if I have never received Families First /
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits, the State will charge me a $25 annual fee for providing child support services,
but only after collecting at least $500 for my case in an annual period. To pay this fee, the State will keep the next $25 in child support that
it collects for my case after the initial $500. If my case requires action by another state, I must also pay any filing fees or associated costs
the other state requires for my case to proceed.
If I have received TANF or Families First benefits in the past, any support collected each month above the current support owed each month
will be kept by the State to repay the TANF/Families First benefits I have received.
If the child(ren) in this case receive Medicaid or TennCare, I must tell the Child Support office immediately.
If I get a private attorney to represent me in obtaining child support, I agree to tell the Child Support agency immediately.
My case will be submitted to the IRS Treasury Offset Program if it meets the following conditions:
A. A court or administrative agency has ordered the alternate residential parent (ARP) to pay support.
B. A copy of the order, and any changes to the order, are on file in the Child Support office. Also, there must be a copy of the court's
payment record on file in the Child Support office. If there is no court payment record, I must give the Child Support office a signed
affidavit of the amount owed by the alternate residential parent (ARP).
C. The alternate residential parent (ARP) must owe at least $500.00 past due child support under such order.
D. The Child Support office has the Social Security number (SSN) of the alternate residential parent (ARP).
I further understand that if my case is submitted for the IRS Treasury Offset Program:
A. There is no guarantee that money will be collected on my behalf. A Treasury Offset Program collection through the Federal Tax
Refund Offset Program is only possible if the alternate residential parent (ARP) files a tax return and is due a refund from the IRS.
B. If money is collected through this process and a joint return is involved, the State has the right to hold the refund for six months before
sending any collections to me.
C. If I have received TANF or Families First benefits, the State will keep part or all of the refund to repay any TANF/Families First
benefits previously provided by the State.
D. The State has the right to withhold amounts from future IRS offsets if I do not voluntarily repay amounts paid to me in error.
E. The IRS charges a fee up to $25.00 for each collection made through the offset program. This fee will be deducted before I receive any
collection.
I must repay to the State any money that I am overpaid, or that is sent to me in error.
Some situations that can result in overpayment are: the State receives a child support payment by personal check or other payment method
that is later dishonored; the State must return amounts to the IRS because the alternate residential parent (ARP)’s spouse filed an amended
tax return; the State sends me a duplicate payment to replace a payment I did not receive, then I receive both payments; or, the State sends
me any payment that I am not entitled to receive. I agree to allow the State to recover any overpayments, without notice to me, by
withholding the overpaid amount from future child support that is processed. In addition, I will sign any agreement required by the
Department of Human Services for repayment of any such overpayments. If the State must seek action against me to recover such
overpayments or payments sent in error, I will pay the costs of such action, including court costs and attorney fees.
I swear or affirm that the information I have provided in support of this application is correct to the best of my knowledge, information, and
belief. I will cooperate with the Department of Human Services and the local Child Support office in the matter. Further, I swear or affirm that I
have read this affirmation and acknowledgment. I declare that I understand it fully and agree with the terms.
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Signature
HS-2912 (Rev. 4/07)
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