A new policy that will be implemented next spring is meant to reduce costs
to the federal government, but this new policy may cost some men their
entire income. The police would eliminate the use of paper checks for
payment of federal benefits, such as disability. Those who have owed
child support, including men in New York, who have their bank accounts frozen because
of the owed support, will then likely be unable to receive any income.
When they receive paper checks, the men are able to cash the checks to
pay for their expenses, but when it is directly deposited into a frozen
account, the money becomes unavailable and will likely end up back with
the federal government.
Although some of the money in frozen accounts might go to children who
need child support, much of the money will go back to the federal government
to pay back welfare benefits paid to the child years ago. Many of the
children are now grown up and not eligible for child support.
The men who have missed payments and are relying on government income were
likely unable to work because of a disability. They also couldn't
make payments because of their minimal income, and now the small amount
of disability payments they receive from the federal government will likely
be taken back.
When someone is unable to pay the child support payments they owe, it is
important to ask for an alteration to the payments early. Speaking with
a child support attorney in New York might be a wise decision. They may
be able to help those who are unable to pay seek an alternative.
Source: Associated Press, "Child support debts may leave some with
no income," Daniel Wagner, Feb. 28, 2012