Recession Caused First-ever Decline In Child Support Payments: Gao

Recession Caused First-Ever Decline In Child Support Payments: GAO

WASHINGTON -- Total funds collected for U.S. child-support programs failed to increase during fiscal year 2009 for the first time since Congress created an enforcement arm for such collections in 1975, according to a study released this week by the Government Accountability Office.Overall collections declined by 2.1 percent from the previous fiscal year, including the first-ever drop in collections automatically withheld from wages, long the primary source of child-support payments.

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