The Attorney General’s Office and the Child Support Division want to get the child support you may be owed into your bank account as soon as possible.
A total of $5 million in undistributed child support payments are at the AG’s Office dating as far back as the 1990s. Of this amount, some $60,000 have just been paid out in the last month.
However, according to AG Leevin Camacho, the continued payout is dependent on the collaborative efforts of his staff and the community, to update the required contact information of the custodial parent entitled to the child support payment.
“We need to get the support of the parents. Help us, help you! That’s really really what our child support division is trying to implement. This is an effort on our offices’ part to prioritize reducing that amount and they have assembled a team that’s trying to balance our current workload. In the last month, we’ve been able to return about $60,000 in 80 cases.” Camacho said.
However, it is a delicate balance between getting the undistributed child support paid while also keeping up with new incoming cases — a challenge that both the AG and Deputy AG of the Child Support Division Andrew Perez are excited to take on.
“I just feel that it’s about time. We really are excited about this and I feel like our section, the child support protection division, is pumped up about this project because this has been hanging over us for a long period of time and if we’re breaking ground, then it shows that we are committed to addressing this,” Perez said.
Credit also goes to the CSD staffers who take additional time out of working on their current caseloads, to track down these unpaid custodial parents, some for nearly a decade.
The budget request made by the AG for next fiscal year seeks to hire at least three to four additional staffers who will be strictly dedicated to these undistributed child support cases. But with or without the additional funding, the AG and CSD remain committed to getting parents paid.
“Like what the AG was saying, we welcome the calls, you know, this is a cooperative effort. When the public contact us, when our consumers contact us, they help us do our job. This is what helps us solve these issues, they’re our partners,” Perez said.