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Old October 2nd 07, 04:54 AM posted to alt.child-support
whatamess
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Default new law allows arrears to be erased if making current payments???

Although I think this is great, at the same time, the state of Texas
claims they can't erase arrears because the FEDERAL government doesn't
allow it...HAVE THEY BEEN LYING ALL ALONG???

http://www.mississippifamilylawblog...._to_try_1.html

Maybe Mississippi ought to try this tactic to collect child support?
New law hopes to increase child support collections

A new law in Maryland hopes to reduce the amount of child support
arrearages. Here is the problem. A non-custodial parent is ordered to
pay monthly child support. After a year, the parent gets behind in
child support payments and the amount owed increases. However, the
parent does not have the money to make both the child support payment
and pay off the amount owed in back child support. So what happens?
Little or nothing is paid on the debt. Maryland is offering a solution
and a reprieve to some of its citizens, according to a news report
today.

Under the law, if a person makes 12 consecutive monthly court-ordered
payments, the arrearages is reduced by fifty percent. If the person
makes the payments for 24 months, the balance is reduced to zero.
While not everyone qualifies under the new law, this program does seek
to offer a solution to the problem of non-payment of child support.
Putting the non-custodial parent in jail does little to resolve the
situation. Maybe this financial incentive will get more non-custodial
parents to make good on their financial obligations and serve as a
model for other state legislatures to follow.

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Old October 2nd 07, 02:57 PM posted to alt.child-support
Shadow36
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Default new law allows arrears to be erased if making current payments???


"whatamess" wrote in message
ups.com...
Although I think this is great, at the same time, the state of Texas
claims they can't erase arrears because the FEDERAL government doesn't
allow it...HAVE THEY BEEN LYING ALL ALONG???

http://www.mississippifamilylawblog...._to_try_1.html

Maybe Mississippi ought to try this tactic to collect child support?
New law hopes to increase child support collections

A new law in Maryland hopes to reduce the amount of child support
arrearages. Here is the problem. A non-custodial parent is ordered to
pay monthly child support. After a year, the parent gets behind in
child support payments and the amount owed increases. However, the
parent does not have the money to make both the child support payment
and pay off the amount owed in back child support. So what happens?
Little or nothing is paid on the debt. Maryland is offering a solution
and a reprieve to some of its citizens, according to a news report
today.

Under the law, if a person makes 12 consecutive monthly court-ordered
payments, the arrearages is reduced by fifty percent. If the person
makes the payments for 24 months, the balance is reduced to zero.
While not everyone qualifies under the new law, this program does seek
to offer a solution to the problem of non-payment of child support.
Putting the non-custodial parent in jail does little to resolve the
situation. Maybe this financial incentive will get more non-custodial
parents to make good on their financial obligations and serve as a
model for other state legislatures to follow.


Man I wish Kansas would do something like that. I'm 20 grand In arrears.


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Old October 2nd 07, 07:42 PM posted to alt.child-support
DB
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Default new law allows arrears to be erased if making current payments???


"Shadow36" wrote in

Man I wish Kansas would do something like that. I'm 20 grand In arrears.


60 grand here, but it's illegal for me to work in this country!


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Old October 2nd 07, 10:49 PM posted to alt.child-support
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Default new law allows arrears to be erased if making current payments???

"While not everyone qualifies under the new law",

That was an important line there. This is only for when the arrears
are owed to the State and the obligor meets the low-income criteria.

http://www.dhr.state.md.us/csea/download/legi07.pdf

House Bill 263 - Chapter 16
Senate Bill 154 - Chapter 15
Child Support Enforcement

- Child Support Payment Incentive Program -

These bills require the Child Support Enforcement Administration
(CSEA) to establish a statewide program to encourage the payment on
child support by low-income obligors. Under the program, the
Administration would enter into an agreement with obligors to reduce
arrears owed to the State on the condition that the obligor would make
current support payments on a regular basis over a specified period of
time. Specifically, the program provides that after 12 months of
uninterrupted child support payments, the assigned arrears would be
reduced by 50%; the remaining arrears would be reduced to zero after
24 months of uninterrupted payments. The program would be limited to
those obligors
whose income does not exceed 225% of the federal poverty level.

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Old October 2nd 07, 11:29 PM posted to alt.child-support
DB
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Default new law allows arrears to be erased if making current payments???


wrote in message
ups.com...
"While not everyone qualifies under the new law",


That was an important line there. This is only for when the arrears
are owed to the State and the obligor meets the low-income criteria.



As long as the state gets their money, they can afford to go to lunch!


 




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