Stimulus checks are garnishable for child support arrears in the middle of the pandemic

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Apparently, if you owe child support, you can suffer through COVID in ways even tax evaders don’t have to. Your stimulus check will be applied to your back child support, and so will your spouse’s, if you file jointly. In the interest of “taking care of children,” the stimulus checks given by the federal government to deal with an unprecedented health crisis will go to everyone who filed for taxes in 2018 or 2019, except people who have child support arrears.

How is this not sexist and discriminatory???

First of all, the common nickname for people who owe back child support is “deadbeat dads.” This is because, thanks to misguided responses to oppression by sexism, fathers are more likely to be charged child support, even when they’re responsible individuals who want to be a part of their children’s lives but just can’t make ends meet on low incomes, especially in times when there’s not a lot of work due to economic factors or national crises. …


Jenny Asencio

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