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Program to help parents behind on child support payments get back on track

As part of the program, 26 Office of Child Support Enforcement centers across Arkansas will work with parents to establish an agreement to resume payment. (MGN Photo)

Arkansas' Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) is offering a program in August to help parents who fell behind on child support or whose driver's licenses were suspended get back on track for their payments.

OCSE, a division of the Department of Finance and Administration, says the "Back in the Driver's Seat" program coincides with Gov. Asa Hutchinson declaring August "Child Support Awareness Month" in the state.

As part of the program, 26 OCSE offices across Arkansas will work with parents to establish an agreement to resume payment.

As each case is different, there will not be a set amount or percentage of funds owed in order to reach an agreement, but it will instead by determined on a case by case basis.

For a full list of offices and contact information, click here or call 1-833-319-2816.

“Research has consistently revealed that children who receive child support perform better in school and are more likely to graduate than children without a parent providing this support,” said Governor Hutchinson. “Through our ‘Back in the Driver’s Seat’ program, we are providing an opportunity for those behind on payments to get back on track, benefiting both the child and the parent.”

The Department of Finance and Administration reports there are approximately 93,000 actively enforced child-support cases in the state with 77,000 of the cases involving non-custodial parents. Of those cases, nearly 12.5 percent have a driver's license suspended due to nonpayments of child support.

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