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For Immediate Release
October 22, 2010

Contact: Erika Monroe-Kane or Stephanie Hayden, Department of Children and Families, (608) 266-9000

Child Support Change Provides $4 Million to Custodial Parents

This month, thousands of parents will have more money to provide for their children. A recent change in federal child support policy will ensure more money will go to support children. As of October 1, parents receiving public assistance will see a 35% increase in their child support payments. This new approach will result in custodial parents statewide receiving approximately $4 million more to provide for their children.

"Knowing that many single parents struggle with the costs of raising a family, we have found an innovative way to ensure these families receive more in child support," said DCF Secretary Reggie Bicha. "DCF has implemented aggressive, creative steps so that low-income Wisconsin parents are receiving $4 million more to support their children and build financial security."

As part of the federal Deficit Reduction Act, this change will increase child support payments and improve the lives of children. As custodial parents receive more money to provide for their children, it will help them transition off public assistance. Non-custodial parents have the reassurance that they are contributing directly to their child’s care and research shows that parents are more likely to pay child support when they know the money is directly supporting their children.

"Child support provides children the assurance that they have their parents' financial and emotional support to grow up healthy and strong," stated Bicha. "With this change, children will benefit from the additional resources as they strive to reach their greatest dreams."

For more information about this change, visit DCF’s web site, www.dcf.wisconsin.gov.

ABOUT DCF

The Department of Children and Families is dedicated to protecting children, strengthening families and building communities. Since the formation of the Department in 2008, DCF has made improvements to better serve the changing needs of Wisconsin’s families and to ensure a better future for parents and children.

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