W.Va. Diverts More Child Support To Poor

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Washington are among the states taking advantage of changes in federal law that allow states to divert child support payments to parents on welfare rather than use the money to reimburse the government for social services.

For some families, it means hundreds of extra dollars a month to take care of their children.

Federal policy now encourages states to divert child support collections from government coffers to those receiving temporary assistance for needy families.

Many states have been slow to embrace the change because of severe budget cuts.

West Virginia officials say the changes have the potential to put $85 million in overdue child support into the hands of about 18,000 families in that state.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Brian Location: Parkersburg on Oct 6, 2009 at 02:11 PM
    My wife and I both work full time jobs, have three children, one of which lives with me the majority of the time and i still pay child support for. her mother sets on her but collecting my hard earned money and everyone elses and yet she has brand name everything, always shopping, and my wife and i can barely pay our bills and feed the kids.This place is so messed up!!!
  • by PARTMAN Location: PARKERSBURG on Oct 6, 2009 at 08:56 AM
    So what about those of us who are just getting by? I think that this is a good idea if there are ways to screen the posers out who are collecting my tax money already that does not need to be! I know that there are some people that really need help but seriously, there are more of us who every week counting every last penny to ensure the bills are paid and they make it on less than most of the "poor" do. I think there are serious issues that need to be addressed by the government more so than weather we need to charge tax payers more than we already are now to pay for people that we already pay way to much for!
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