The Toombs Judicial Circuit Child Support Enforcement office collected over $5,637,000 in child support collections last year. In Georgia as a whole, OCSE collected $590 million, a six percent increase over last year.
"The Toombs Judicial Circuit office was able to increase collections by 9.5 percent over the $5,353,000 we collected last year," said Dennis Sanders, District Attorney.
For some of these families, this money is the difference between receiving welfare and being self-sufficient." A total of approximately 3,000 non-custodial parents with child support cases made payments to Georgia's child support agency through the Toombs Judicial Circuit in the fiscal year 2005 benefiting some 5,097 children, according to Mr. Sanders.
Legislation allows DHR to collect overdue child support directly from tax refund checks, lottery winnings and worker's compensation settlements, as well as salary checks going to non-custodial parents who are under court order to pay. Parents more than two months behind may have their driver's license or professional license suspended.
Custodial parents may apply to any OCSE office for help finding an absent parent, establishing paternity, getting a court order, collecting support and enforcing payment through legal remedies. Non-custodial parents may apply to ask OCSE to maintain an official record of their payments, and those with a support order through OCSE may apply for help with child visitation or enroll in the Fatherhood Program that helps low-income parents increase their earning power. The fee is $25 for any parent who does not receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.