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Unfortunately, there are no guarantees that child support will be collected. Although ORS/CSS has access to many location sources and has many enforcement techniques available, including the option to take parents to court for civil contempt and criminal nonsupport, there will always be instances where child support cannot be collected. In general, ORS/CSS will open a case record within 20 days of receiving an application and will begin to take necessary action on the case. The length of time each case takes depends on what action needs to be taken (for example, paternity must be established before an order can be established; and an order must be established before ORS/CSS can begin collecting.) For more information on case processing time frames, read the Notice of Services.
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