November 15, 2006

State of Alabama
Press Release: Human Resources, Department of

New Federal Law Requires States to Collect Annual Child Support Fee

A new law enacted by the U.S. Congress and signed into law February 8, 2006 requires all state child support offices to collect an annual fee of $25 from non-welfare clients, effective October 1, 2006.

This mandatory fee is intended to reduce federal costs of child support collection and only applies to those individuals who have never received Family Assistance. All states will be required to pay these fees to the federal government.

Some important facts about this new law:

  • U.S. Congress passed the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.

  • The bill became law on February 8, 2006 and went into effect October 1, 2006.

  • All states must collect an annual fee from non-welfare individuals who receive $500 or more in child support through DHR.

  • A letter was mailed to 107,000 affected persons to notify them of this new federal law.

  • This fee will not be charged until the individual has received $500 or more in child support payments through DHR.

  • Billing for the $25 fee will begin in January of 2007.

  • If an individual receives one of these notices in error, they are asked to contact their local DHR Child Support office.

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