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Connecticut bill seeks to improve child support collection

Posted on behalf of Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jan 23, 2015 in Child Support

Custodial parents throughout the state of Connecticut rely upon child support payments from the child’s other parent to cover expenses for the child. As a result, when a payment is not sent as ordered, a custodial parent may have to think creatively to determine how to get by financially.

This is an issue throughout the state. In fact, according to one estimate, a total of $1.5 billion dollars in child support has not been collected.

State legislators recently took action to try to improve payments of child support. Placing a lot of the blame for the high rate of delinquent child support on the technology used by the state as well as poor practices, a task force laid out ways in which the program could be improved.

The bill seeks to implement the following:

  • A paternity tracking system.
  • A modified computer system.
  • Mobile and online tools.
  • Data-driven case management tools.
  • Automated interfaces.

In addition, it seeks to increase in special police officers, responsible for serving warrants for child support collection, by two.

It is possible that the custodial parent might seek to enforce the child support order to prompt the other parent to pay. This can take some time however during which the child is allowed to flounder. Accordingly, it is important to consult with a lawyer, who understands the child support system, in a timely manner. What will happen with HB 5315 remains to be seen. We will provide updates on the matter as they become available.

Source: Patch, “Deadbeat Parents in Brookfield Will Have to Pay Up if Proposed Bill Passes,? Wendy Ann Mitchell, Jan. 22, 2015