North Dakota is 2nd Best in the Nation in Child Support Payments
Monday, August 13, 2012
BISMARCK, N.D. - When it comes to making child support payments, North Dakota non-custodial parents are among the nation's best.
Jim Fleming, director of the state's Child Support Enforcement Program, says the latest figures show that nearly 75 percent of child support was paid in the month it was due.
"In the national rankings that are conducted, we generally come out number two. So, we're pretty pleased with that. I think it's a testament to North Dakota's parents that, by and large, do their best to support their children whatever way that they can."
Despite North Dakota's high ranking versus other states, some $223 million in past-due child support that is owed to parents in the state. Fleming says tools they use to collect those arrears include income withholding, tax-return interceptions and the suspension of drivers' licenses.
"When we do that, the goal really isn't to get the license itself, but to remind the parent of the consequences for not paying and get their commitment in a payment plan to pay what they're supposed to for the current support, as well as a percentage on arrears, and as long as they do that, the license is not taken."
North Dakota's child-support system also does well when it comes to being cost effective. Fleming says. For every dollar spent on the program in North Dakota, $6.32 in support is collected.
More information is online at nd.gov/dhs/services/childsupport.
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