September 2014 | 520 U.S. 329 (1997)

Blessing v. Freestone (US 1997)

Title IV-D of the Social Security Act does not give individuals a right to file 42 U.S.C. § 1983 actions against a state IV-D program for failure to adequately comply with title IV-D. Title IV-D of the Social Security Act requiring that states operate their child support programs in “substantial compliance” with Title IV-D, does not give individuals federal right to force state agency to substantially comply with its provisions. The substantial compliance is merely a guide for Secretary of Health and Human Services to measure system wide performance of state’s Title IV-D program.

Blessing v. Freestone.pdf

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