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State to tap $25 from child support

The state will soon begin deducting $25 from checks sent to an estimated 170,000 recipients of child support collections.

The $25 will be deducted once a year from the child support the state collects from noncustodial parents.

It is part of a newly implemented federal government requirement, part of a federal deficit reduction plan.

The state's child support program provides custodial parents assistance in obtaining financial support and medical insurance coverage for children by locating parents, establishing paternity, establishing support orders and collecting and distributing child support payments.

The new fee, which the federal government will share with both the state and county governments, will not be imposed on welfare recipients getting Temporary Assistance to Needy Families funds, said Anthony Farmer, an Albany spokesman for the state's Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

The federal government supplies 66 percent of the funding for child support collection services and will be getting $16.50 of the $25 annual fee, with the state and county governments each getting $4.25 of each fee, Farmer said.

The new $25 annual service fee took effect Oct. 1 under federal law.

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