Pa. charges $25 per year to collect child support

August 3, 2008 12:37:17 PM PDT
Under a new policy, custodial parents in Pennsylvania are being charged $25 a year by the state to offset the cost of collecting child support. The fee is the result of the 2006 federal Deficit Reduction Act. Federal officials gave states the option of paying the $25 fee on behalf of parents, collecting it from custodial parents or collecting it from noncustodial parents.

The federal government says most states, including Pennsylvania, have chosen to collect from custodial parents. A state Department of Public Welfare spokeswoman says noncustodial parents are harder to track down. If the state were to pay the fee, it would cost taxpayers $2.6 million this year and $3.2 million next year.

Not all custodial parents must pay. Parents who have received cash assistance from the welfare department and those who receive $500 to $1,999 a year in child support are exempt.

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Information from: Reading Eagle, http://www.readingeagle.com/

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