Conn. budget cuts create child support fee

As a result of a string of state budget cuts, the state of Connecticut announced that custodial parents who receive child support will now have a small fee deducted from those payments to cover federal fees, according to published reports.

Although the state has typically taken care of the $430,000 annual fee, budget woes have forced Connecticut to transfer those costs to state residents. The Associated Press reports that under the new system, parents who receive more than $510 a year in child support will have $10 deducted from those payments, while those who receive more than $525 will have $25 removed.

Notices have reportedly been mailed to parents who will have to pay the fee.

Officials from the State Department of Social Services told the AP the fee will help cover expenses connected to locating parents, establishing paternity and enforcing child support rulings.

About $3.8 billion was provided to the states by the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement in fiscal year 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available, according to the Administration for Children and Families.