JOELTON, Tenn. (WTVF) — While millions of Americans should start seeing their COVID-19 relief check in their bank accounts this week, potentially millions of others may not able to see the money.
Parents who are behind on their child support payment can have their checks deducted or used completely depending on how much is owed. The CARES Act may have suspended back taxes or student loan debt, which would normally require garnishment of tax refunds, but back child support isn’t included. It’s specifically mentioned as subject to collect from the Treasury Offset Program (TOP), a department that collects federal and state debt.
“I need help too,” Joelton father Jeffrey Coker told NewsChannel 5. “I don’t think it’s fair that I’m not getting a stimulus check because I owe back child support.”
Coker, 35, admitted he’s fallen short by the thousands in his 14 years of child support payments, and was