As many of you are aware, the Trump administration will begin issuing checks to American adults in amounts of up to $1,200.00 if they qualify, with up to an additonal $500 per child under age 16. The checks are designed to mitigate the economic effects of the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic. You will not be penalized if you owe back taxes, or if you're making student loan payments. However, you will be penalized if you are one of the 3.3 million Americans who currently owe back child support. If you owe child support, you likely will not be receiving a check at all.
This isn't to say that you won't receive any benefit from the stimulus plan, though. The amount of money you would have received in your check will actually still be issued, but instead, it will go directly to the parent who receives child support payments. For example, if you were to get a $1,600.00 check, then that money would be directly applied to your outstanding child support balance.
So, why was the law drafted this way? It's simple: courts across the country want children to be provided for. Although the money you may be entitled to won't go directly into your hand, it will go to the support of your child and contribute to reducing the amount you owe in back child support. It's ultimately a win-win situation for those who currently are behind on payments.
If you have questions about your current child support obligation, feel free to contact us through our website, or give us a call at (512) 944-3329.