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Unemployed parents see no refunds as child support overcharges continue, such mistakes common with DES, says RLG partner, Family Law director Kaine Fischer

By Laura Gómez | Arizona Mirror

Every month Raymond Kingman has to pay $250 in child support, but the Arizona Department of Economic Security has been taking $275 a week in child support deductions from his unemployment pay.

Since mid-March, when the downtown Tucson restaurant where he worked as a server closed and he lost his job, Kingman says he’s been forced to overpay $2,200 in child support – money that he needs to meet his basic needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kingman is among the unemployed Arizona parents paying child support who had to wait for weeks for DES to fix a system issue that delayed their federal $600 unemployment assistance, and later saw the agency overcharging them for child support.

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“I have observed frequent mishaps like this while assisting clients in dealing with DES.  There is no excuse for these types of mistakes when the stakes are so high.  I understand that mistakes happen but when you’re tasked with garnishing a child support payor’s state benefits – especially during a public health emergency – then you simply have to be more careful.” ~ Kaine Fischer

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