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Child support delinquency can cost you government benefits

When parents fall behind on child support, state and federal governments often use various methods to get that money in other ways. For instance, it might garnish paychecks or seize tax refunds to ensure children get the financial support they need from both parents.

For 2020, the government provided stimulus checks to help keep the economy afloat during the temporary downturn. However, NBC News reports that the 3.3 million Americans who have not kept up with child support payments might lose their stimulus checks.

Americans falling behind on child support payments

Despite the recent economic boom, only 2.5 million custodial parents received the full child support payments owed out of 5.8 million. Together, mothers and grandparents make up the largest segment of custodial guardians in America. Gender pay gaps, age discrimination and lower retirement incomes make it difficult for these demographics to raise children without additional support.

Stimulus checks disqualified and delayed

Some parents do not qualify for stimulus check payments at all. For instance, ABC News points out that people who make more than $75,000 might not qualify for a check anyway. For those who do make less than the income threshold, the government reportedly plans to retain the stimulus checks and redisburse them to custodial parents.

For non-custodial parents who file jointly with a spouse, this could mean the spouse losing their checks as well. Note that this affects parents whose states reported their delinquencies to the treasury department.

Many people have taken to social media to share their discontent with this approach to redistributing stimulus checks. So far, the administration stands by its decision to ensure children get all the financial support owed to them.