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Father is being charged double for his child support

Many Utah fathers -- and mothers in some cases -- understand and embrace their duty to support their children after a divorce. Making child support payments is just part of what they do as good parents. This is how one out-of-state man feels about his obligation, but when his state began taking payments from both his full-time and part-time jobs, he had enough.

According to the state's child support office in the area where the man lives, as long as the full amount of support is being paid each month from one employer, the income from a second employer will not be touched. However, that is exactly what happened to the father in question. Even though the man was up-to-date on his child support, the state began garnishing his checks from both jobs. Even though the state says this should not happen, this was the second time it had happened to him.

Unfortunately, the man had to enlist the assistance of a local Knoxville, Tennessee, television station to get the issue resolved. When he contacted the child support office about the mix-up himself, he got nowhere. Unfortunately, these offices deal far too often with parents who either can't or won't pay their obligations, and they may not be used to dealing with a father who is actually overpaying.

Non-custodial parents in Utah who discover that they are being overcharged or double-billed for their payments have the right to get it fixed. So long as there are no child support arrears owed, nothing more than the court-ordered amount should be garnished. Parents need to take care of their children financially, but they also have the right to do it fairly and be able to support themselves at the same time.

Source:, "Knoxville man double-billed for child support payments", Don Dare, July 28, 2014

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