A child support payment was withheld from my regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefit. Will additional money be withheld from the additional $600 and $300 extension of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) if I am eligible for the payment?
Yes. Fifty percent (50%) will be withheld from your Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payments. If past-due support (arrears) is owed on the child support case, the additional money collected will apply to the current support debt and then to other child support debt obligations. If a paying parent is current on their child support case with no outstanding debt, the result of the weekly UI payments, additional retroactive UI payments, FPUC or additional sources of payments may result in an overpayment of child support. If this occurs, your case will be reviewed to determine if a refund is appropriate. This process does not require action or input from the paying parent to receive a refund. The process may take up to 5 business days. We encourage clients to access the AZ Child Support Portal to conduct services online, via email or by calling Customer Service at 1-800-882-4151 Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For example: A paying parent owes $500 per month in current support, in addition to the $8 handling fee, and a $50 payment on arrears, which totals $558 for the monthly obligation. However, the paying parent is also $5,000 in past due support (arrears).
The paying parent is receiving an UI benefit payment of $240 per week. The deduction from the DCSS is 50% of the weekly UI amount, which equals $120 per week, totaling $480 (for four weeks). As a result, the monthly obligation is not fully met with the UI benefit. $558-$480 = $78 remaining due.
Note: If additional sources of money are withheld (from an employer, federal offset, or additional payment of FPUC, etc.) and applied to a case, the monthly obligation could be met very quickly.
The paying parent was also eligible for FPUC. As a result, an additional $300 (fifty percent (50%) of the $600 weekly benefit amount) is withheld from the UI benefit amount and applied to the case
- After one weekly FPUC payment, the monthly obligation is exceeded ($480+$300=$780).
- After four weekly payments of FPUC the amount is even greater ($480+1,200 = $1,680).
The $558 monthly obligation is now met; and $1,122 is applied to other child support debt (resulting in $1,122 being paid towards past due support).
In the scenario, if there is no past due support (arrears) due, the additional money withheld would be refunded back to the paying parent.