Past-due child support payments to be deducted from stimulus payments

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Posted at 11:26 AM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 18:28:23-04

LANSING, Mich. — Parents who owe back-due child support will see smaller payments when their stimulus checks arrive. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says past-due child support payments will be collected from stimulus payments.

The same thing is done when such parents get a refund on income taxes.

MDHHS says in a release that the CARES Act that authorizes payments to Americans as a way to help the nation’s economy recover from financial strain of COVID-19 but also requires those payments to apply to child support debt.

The department also noted that in some specific cases the stimulus payments will be applied to other debts owed to the state.

The IRS makes the deductions and sends them along to the state for distribution to the families that are owed the past-due child support.