Thursday, September 13, 2007
Millions of families that turned to federal and state governments for help in collecting child support payments will now have to pay more for the service.
Beginning Oct. 1, families in several states will have to pay $25 annually when their states have collected at least $500 on their behalf. Families that previously received public assistance will be exempted.
The $25 will help reduce the federal deficit and compensate the federal government and the states for providing a child support program. Two-thirds of the fee will go the federal government; one-third to the state.
Families also pay a $25 application fee to get a state's help in obtaining child support.
For Claudia Fauntleroy of Petersburg, Va., the notice about the additional fee was akin to getting a $25 parking ticket in the mail. Her immediate reaction? ''You've got to be kidding me.''
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