COVID RESPONSE: Letter to Director Kilgore, California Department of Child Support Services. Re: “Supporting low-income parents and families in the midst of COVID-19”
Coalition Response to January Budget
2021 Legislative Session
The Human Services Omnibus (AB 135) approved the distribution of child support debt payments taken from tax offsets and economic stimulus payments to families before the government.
AB 135 also takes a step toward child support debt relief. The State will stop collecting government-owed child support debt from economically vulnerable parents whose only source of income is from Social Security, the Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI), or VA Disability Compensation, starting January 1, 2023.
2020 Legislative Session
AB 2325 (Carrillo) restores Section 4007.5 of the Family Code with a three year sunset. This law was allowed to sunset in 2019, requiring child support order suspensions to be processed manually for people who are incarcerated over 90 days, rather than have them automatically suspended.
AB 2338 (Weber) permits a court to grant probation or a conditional sentence, as defined, instead of imprisonment for a non-custodial parent found in contempt for failure to comply with a child support order.
In 2019, SB 337 (Skinner) would have increased child support pass through from $50 to $100 of child support for one child and from $100 to $200 for two or more children or more but it was vetoed by the Governor. Working with the Governor’s team and his staff as well as the Legislature, the Coalition advocated for this proposal to be included in the Governor’s May 2020 Budget Revise. It was voted on and signed in June 2020. This change is effective in January 2022.