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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 7, 2012
Russ Reno, Communications and Legislative Services, (o) 402-471-8287, (c) 402-450-7318 firstname.lastname@example.org
Staying Current on Child Support Payments Helps Children, Avoids Future Financial Burdens
Lincoln – In recognition of Child Support Awareness Month in August, Thomas Pristow, director of Children and Family Services at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, said parents who pay child support help build their children’s sense of security, confidence and trust resulting in better outcomes in school, health and parental relationships.
Nearly 70 percent of child support in the state is paid, according to federal measures, he said, which consistently rank child support payments in Nebraska in the top 10 nationally.
“During Child Support Awareness Month, we thank parents who meet both their parental responsibility and financial obligation to support their children,” Pristow said. “We encourage parents who are behind on child support payments to contact DHHS’ Child Support Enforcement to find ways to become current on payments, which not only helps their children but it also lowers costs for taxpayers.”
He said unpaid child support follows parents their entire life, and enforcement can involve the withholding of income, even including possible garnishment of a parent’s Social Security checks following retirement. The growth of interest also is added to unpaid child support, and driver’s licenses may be suspended or passports revoked. In addition, professional or recreational licenses could be suspended, or garnishment of tax returns and bank accounts can occur.
“Child Support Enforcement stands ready to work with parents to develop a plan to consistently pay their child support,” Pristow said. “We are here to treat both parents fairly, and we have a dedicated staff that is committed to ensure all children receive an equal opportunity for success in life.”
Parents may contact CSE toll-free at 1-877-631-9973 or 402-441-8715, he said.
“The most important part of child support is that children are impacted as little as possible when each parent takes their responsibilities seriously,” he said.