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DeKalb County to crack down on late child support payments

Custodial parents rely on child support to help them cover the costs of raising a child. These payments may go toward food, clothing, medical treatment or even extracurricular activities. When a non-custodial parent fails to pay child support in a timely manner, it can create significant problems for the other parent and ultimately, the child.

One Georgia county has come up with a plan to enforce child support laws more strictly and discourage parents from accumulating back payments. The Tax Commissioner and District Attorney of DeKalb County recently announced that the District Attorney's office plans to deny or revoke car tags for parents who are more than 60 days delinquent in child support payments. They explained that some parents in the county have not made scheduled child support payments in two years, and some have never paid child support at all.

DeKalb County plans to send out 63 initial letters warning parents of delinquent payments, giving them a 20-day window to contact the District Attorney's office before their car tags are revoked by the Tax Commissioner's office. If delinquent parents do not have car tags, they will be denied application until they satisfy all past due payments.

The DeKalb County Tax Commissioner explained that she is happy to be part of the initiative, stressing the importance of responsibility on the part of non-custodial parents. The goal of the program, she indicated, was to help children get the financial support they need and deserve.

DeKalb County's effort to enforce child support payments puts it among several other Georgia counties that have implemented similar initiatives. Child Support Services has also made efforts to organize such a program across the whole state. Many are rooting for the success of this newest initiative.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "DeKalb puts brakes on car tags for deadbeats," Bill Rankin, 26 May 2011

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