Back Child Support Collected

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State Attorney General Mike Cox promised to turn the heat up on deadbeat parents and it seems the pressure is paying off. Cox announced Tuesday that more than $1 million has been collected.

The money was gathered through the PayKids Foundation, a public awareness program including billboards, a website and a toll-free number for parents who need help. Despite its success, some say back child support is still a problem.

When someone refuses to pay child support in Ingham County, the case is turned over to the Prosecutor and a felony warrant for an arrest is issued. In other counties, where the Prosecutor can't collect, the Attorney General steps in.

Soon, tougher actions could be taken. Cox announced that he, Representative Mike Nofs and several other Republican lawmakers are backing a legislative package that would ultimately increase penalties for deadbeat parents.