ND Child Support achieves fundraising record high

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North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced that the agency’s Child Support Section achieved a record high collection rate of 77.4% for the current federal fiscal year.

The collection rate reflects nearly $90 million paid and received by parents for $116 million in current support needs last year.

This record is significantly higher than the national average for 2022, which is 64%. Historically, North Dakota has been a national leader in achieving high collection rates, consistently ranking within the top five states.

“Effective child support is not only about collecting from parents who have the ability to earn; it is also about helping parents who owe child support to overcome any obstacles to working and being able to pay,” including reduced monthly obligations if necessary to demonstrate the biological parent’s earning ability,” said HHS Child Support Director James Fleming. “The high collection rate is attributed to North Dakota parents who are willing to support their children as a general rule and the balanced approach taken by the Child Support Section.”

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The dedication to effective child support collection is consistent with HHS’s goal of supporting the financial needs of families to ensure that North Dakota residents of all ages and backgrounds have the ability to thrive.

“Reliably collecting child support in the month it’s due is important for families to meet their current needs and become self-sufficient,” Fleming said. “If child support is not collected when due, the Child Support program will also work to collect past-due support.”

In addition to the recent record collection rate, the statewide amount of unpaid support was reduced to the lowest level since 2015.

Parents with questions about their case are encouraged to contact child support customer service at (701) 328-5440, toll-free at 800-231-4255, 711 (TTY) or [email protected]

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The Child Support Section serves about 67,000 children each year by helping to disburse nearly $184 million in support payments to their families. The program also helps establish paternity and child support orders and takes enforcement action against those parents who do not support their children.