Federal Case Registry Law and Legal Definition

The Federal Case Registry (FCR) is a national database that contains information on individuals in child support cases and child support orders. Federal law mandated the creation of the FCR, and the registry was created in 1998.

The FCR contains basic case and participant data from each of the State Case Registries (SCRs). The SCRs are central registries of child support cases and orders in each State. The FCR is very important for the success of the Federal Parent Locator Service.

The FCR assists states in locating parties that live outside their state, and help in establishing modifying, or enforcing child support obligations; establishing paternity; enforcing state laws on parental kidnapping; and establishing child custody or visitation determinations.