Single parents in New York may be interested to know about a relatively
new way that another state is collecting child support from non-custodial
parents. With so many single parents struggling to make ends meet without
the benefit of receiving payments from the non-custodial parent, any method
a state can use to collect back
child support would be welcome. Perhaps the method being used by this other state will
catch on around the country.
The method involves casinos seizing the winnings of non-custodial parents
that are on a list as owing back child support and giving those winnings
to the state. The state then gives those funds to the custodial parent.
It's called the "casino intercept initiative," and officials
say that the almost year-old program has been immensely successful thus far.
One mother was surprised to find that she had been paid some of the child
support that she has been waiting for at least a couple of years. The
money came in time for her and her children to enjoy the holidays. She
has been solely responsible for supporting her two children, much in the
same way many single parents in New York are as well.
With the collective amount of back child support that is owed in New York,
an unconventional program such as this may be helpful. Outside of the
existence of programs like this, a custodial parent that is not receiving
child support parents may turn to the courts for help. A non-custodial
parent may be brought before the court to explain why they are unable
to make their payments.
Source: nbc33tv.com, "Casinos play big role in tracking down child support payments," Danielle Grossman, Jan. 30, 2013