Bonnie writes: "I haven't received a child support payment since the federal government shutdown. What's going on?"
Bonnie's not the only one asking this question. Presumably, anyone who has been receiving child support payments should continue to receive them because child support agencies are state-run. However, recipients in some states have already begun to report delays. At this point, it's unclear why these delays are happening.
If your usual child support payment hasn't arrived on time, contact your local child support agency -- which should remain open for the foreseeable future. (Unfortunately, it's possible that states that run out of federal funding will eventually need to close temporarily or delay payments. But most states are reporting that that would only happen if the government shutdown were to go on for several months.)
One Caveat: Parents who do not yet have a child support order in place -- or who need the assistance of the Federal Child Support Enforcement Program in order to locate an out-of-state parent or pursue delinquent payments -- will not begin to receive payments until the government reopens.
Take Action: Contact your elected officials to voice your opinion and urge Congress to end the shutdown.
More on Child Support Enforcement:
- The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement
- Collect Interstate Child Support
- Types of Child Support Cases