This blog has previously talked about how difficult it can be for custodial parents to actually receive the full amount of child support their exes owe and that many custodial parents never see any money for child support. The Marietta Daily Herald reports, however, that Cobb County and the rest of Georgia has seen an increase in the amount of child support collected from non-custodial parents.
Marietta single parents will be happy to know that between 2009 and 2010, Cobb County saw a $3.3 million increase in the amount of child support paid to custodial parents, raising the figure to $31.5 million. Although it is unclear what percentage of the total amount of child support due was paid, this increase is in stark contrast to the relative stagnation in the amount of child support paid across the country. Georgia has also seen an increase in the amount of child support collected — $675.8 million was paid in 2010, $19.3 million more than the year before.
One of the reasons why there has been such an increase in the amount of child support paid is because of a $5.7 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. The Good Transitions project targets low-income and non-custodial parents and attempts to find them jobs. In Georgia, the Goodwill has partnered with at least 11 different non-profit organizations, state institutions and Morehouse College to train parents with necessary job skills. The training programs will work with parents and former Georgia inmates in Cobb, Henry, Gwinnett, Clayton, Fulton and DeKalb counties.
Thus far, only one parent from Cobb County has been enrolled, but the program is still extremely new.
Source: The Marietta Daily Journal, “Child support payments up in Cobb, Ga.,” Lindsay Field, Dec. 30, 2011