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Govt. shutdown causing concern over child support payments

The shutting down of the federal government has left many people across the country, including those in Massachusetts, wondering how they may be affected. Numerous people have been furloughed from their employment positions as federal offices have been closed, which has caused setbacks for some due to the lack of immediate income. Other individuals -- who have not necessarily been furloughed -- are also expressing concerns in relation to the shutdown and to certain income, such as child support payments.

There have been many people in several different states who have voiced concerns over not receiving their child support payments since the federal government shutdown. The cause of these delays, however, is unclear as support payments are typically a state issue and not one dealt with on a federal level. True, state-run agencies tend to get funding from the federal government, but that funding has been estimated to be considerably affected only if the shutdown last months.

As child support payments should continue as pertaining to the schedules set in individual cases despite the government shutdown, the delays could be occurring for a number of reasons. A parent may have missed a payment or state-run agencies may be facing their own issues unrelated to the shutdown. Should delays continue, parents may wish to contact their local offices that handle their situations in hopes of having new information relayed relating to their concerns.

Missed or delayed child support payments can significantly affect those who use the payments in order to make important purchases for the care of their children. If the issue of late payments affects Massachusetts residents, they may wish to find state information dealing with the situation. Gaining a better understanding of the circumstances could help concerned parties determine whether they need to be taking action in order to receive their payments.

Source:, Could the Federal Government Shutdown Affect Child Support Payments?, Jennifer Wolf, Oct. 9, 2013

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