I haven’t read the coronavirus relief bill, but I hope NBC News did when they reported…
Under a 1996 law, the Treasury Department operates a program that allows it to collect overdue child support by cutting or withholding federal payments as an offset.
I don’t think that’s cool, but I get it. What makes it less cool is they have similar ‘offsets’ against folks who have past tax debts, or are behind on other payments to federal or state governments like student loan payments, but everything has been forgiven besides those parents late with their child support.
What bothers me most about this decision is recognizing how the government would rather punish a parent than support the child in need of support. Why can’t they just send the money to the parent who is owed the child support?
Oh, I get it. That would mean the government actually paid somebody’s child support, and lawd knows, we can’t have that.
I think back to the times I couldn’t keep up with child support payments due to being laid off. The mommies were always much more understanding, tolerant, and forgiving when they considered my situation than the family court system. The courts behaved like there was something wrong with the mothers for trying to work out arrangements with me.
Parents must support their children as best they can. Too often, when the courts are involved, it gets far messier than if mom and dad worked it out together.