HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut has stopped paying a federal fee to cover administrative costs associated with child support payments, and is instead passing the bill on to custodial parents.

The state had been paying the federal government $430,000 a year to cover the fee, which the state Department of Social Services says helps cover the cost of locating parents, establishing paternity and enforcing judgments.

The payments were eliminated as part of state budget cuts.

The department says parents who receive more than $510 a year in child support must now pay $10 to cover the fee. Those getting more than $525 will be billed $25.

The department tells the Republican-American newspaper that notices have been mailed to more than 22,000 custodial parents who will be subject to the fee.
Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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