Collection and enforcement efforts by two Nebraska state agencies and local county attorneys have resulted in more than $60.5 million in delinquent child support being paid to custodial parents and their children since 2008, according to the State Treasurer's Office.
County attorneys and the child support enforcement staff of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have recovered delinquent child support payments from individuals’ state and federal tax refunds, lottery winnings exceeding $500, passport denials, and the administrative attachment of bank accounts.
The treasurer's office oversees the collection and distribution of child support payments and has assisted DHHS in the recovery of delinquent child support through redirecting unclaimed property holdings.
Specific sources of funds that have been redirected to pay child support include federal tax refunds, $46.4 million; state tax refunds, $10 million; administrative attachment of bank accounts through the Financial Institution Data Match, $2.3 million; passport denials, $913,000; unclaimed property, $373,000; and lottery winnings, $228,000.
“All of these measures are provided for in state or federal law or both,” according to State Treasurer Don Stenberg. “Redirecting this money so that it goes to feed, clothe and care for these children is a significant service not only to the families involved, but to the public, as well as to the state. The Treasurer’s Office has been innovative in finding ways to make sure Nebraska children get the financial support they need, and the Department of Health and Human Services has been diligent in pursuing back child support, yet much work remains to be done for both agencies.”
The Treasurer’s Office receives and disburses child support payments through the Nebraska Child Support Payment Center in an agreement with DHHS’s child support enforcement program.