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Colorado divorce: possible child support collection alternative?

When a couple makes the decision to end their marriage, the potential for something to be overlooked is high. Colorado couples that are getting a divorce and have children might have plans for property division, child support and possibly even visitation rights. However, one aspect that is sometimes overlooked is how the non-custodial parent will be able to meet the financial obligations of their children.

It has been reported that one southern state may have a new plan to collect the winnings of casino gamblers to recoup child support that is past due. What started out as a one-time project to collect $1,200 from a father has transformed into a new campaign, recovering well over $1.2 million in back child support from almost 1,000 non-custodial parents in the past two years since the initiative began. The plan has been referred to as the casino intercept program.

The fact that non-custodial parents collectively owe billions of dollars in arrears to struggling custodial parents is indeed disturbing. In addition to observing other debt-collection strategies attempted around the country, state officials have been using every tool at their disposal while desperately trying to collect as much of the money as possible. Though possible, the report did not express whether or not child support enforcement officials were monitoring the success of this program to determine if it could be worth implementing in Colorado.

There are some non-custodial parents who genuinely have issues with being able to pay their child support. However, there are also some parents who simply do not feel the need to honor such important financial obligations. Thankfully, struggling custodial parents who are not receiving child support payments for their children after a divorce, regardless of cause, may have alternative options and claims that can be pressed for obtaining the monetary assistance they are due.

Source: sulphurdailynews.com, DCFS collects nearly $1.3 million in Child Support arrears from Casinos, No author, Sept. 5, 2013

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