A California mother received a child support payment that cost her more than the actual check was worth. The woman’s account with the Pleasanton Child Support Services office had a balance of three cents that had not been distributed to her. To close the account, the office sent the mother a check.
Unsure whether the check was real or a joke, the woman didn’t cash it. When she received another check for three cents, she contacted Child Support Services to find out why they were sending her checks in such small amounts. She was reportedly told that she needed to cash the checks to close out her account.
When she deposited the checks, she found out that she was only due three cents and Child Support Services didn’t pay the second check. The woman was charged a $15 fee by her bank for bouncing a check. When she called the child support office for assistance, she was reportedly told that she was just going to have to pay the fee. After contacting her local news station, the woman tried to get the bank to remove the charge from her account.
Many divorced parents rely on the child support system to collect and distribute money to custodial parents. The system allows parents who no longer live with their children to continue providing financial support. Family courts often establish child support orders when a couple gets divorced. A lawyer with experience handling divorce and child support issues may be able to help a parent get a fair child support order, so they can adequately care for their children.
Source: KTVU, “Miniscule child support check causes major headaches“, John Sasaki, October 11, 2013