Monday, July 28, 2008
The United States Congress recently passed a law requiring a $25.00 annual fee for certain child support cases. When the state collects at least $500 in child support payments per year and the custodial parent has never received cash assistance, the fee will apply. This fee is apparently intended to cover some of the federal government’s costs of providing child support enforcement services. Pennsylvania began collecting the fee on July 28, 2008. Unfortunately for custodial parents (the parents receiving support), they will be responsible for the fee in Pennsylvania in the event that at least $2,000 of child support is collected. Additionally, the fee is charged for each child support case, so if you have more than one case, you will pay more than one fee.