Collection of Child Support

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Does anyone remember the series that aired in the last couple of years called “Deadbeat Dads” on TODAY’S TMJ4? Investigative reporter John Mercure would search out dads who owed a huge amount of child support. He would confront them on their yachts and ask them why they weren’t paying. Entertaining TV, but it is more than that. Kids are being deprived.

Recently Wisconsin stepped up its efforts to collect from parents not paying support. Starting January 1, 2010, anyone applying for a passport will have to pay up all arrearages before they can get one. The only real exception is if the person can prove there is a life or death situation involving an immediate family member.

“The time is always right to do the right thing.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Many states have enacted zero-tolerance policies requiring full payment of the balances before a passport is released. These states report significant increases in collections after enacting this policy. Nationwide, over $23 million has been collected in passport release payments. States that have a zero-tolerance policy have reported that payers frequently make the full payment, which has increased their collections from passport releases by as much as 45%.

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