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A Child Support Delinquency Will Impact Which Parent Receives COVID-19 Stimulus Aid

Heather White

For almost 25 years, a federal program has helped parents collect past due child support. To accomplish this, state child support agencies advise the Treasury Department about individuals with a child support arrearage. Any sums that the owing parent would have received from the federal government, e.g. a tax refund, is paid to the other parent, up to the amount of past due child support owed. This program impacts approximately 3.3 million parents who are behind on child support, according to recently re-released Census data.

The federal government has recently approved emergency relief in response to the economic hardship caused by the coronavirus outbreak, pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”).

As a federal initiative, these funds will be withheld from parents who have failed to comply with their child support obligation, in states that have reported this data to the Treasury Department. Thereafter, the federal government will transfer the funds to the other parent, up to the total child support arrearage.

If you have questions about how COVID-19 and relief packages passed by the U.S. government may impact child support, custody, or another family law matter, The Harris Law Firm is here to help. Call or contact us online to speak with an attorney.


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