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Obama child support rule left alone by Trump

A rule that took effect just before former President Barack Obama left office has so far been left unchanged by President Donald Trump. The law would require South Carolina and other states to set realistic child support levels for noncustodial parents who are in jail or who live in poverty. The goal is to ensure that noncustodial parents don't accumulate debt that they can't afford, which could trigger a cycle of incarceration.

This rule was one of more than 600 that were passed in Obama's final month in office. According to the Supreme Court, courts must first inquire about a parent's ability to pay support before finding them in civil contempt or putting them in jail for nonpayment. Failure to do so was found to be a violation of that person's right to due process.

According to a 2006 study, 70 percent of those in the nine states studied who owe back child support made less than $10,000 in a year. The average child support obligation for those individuals was equal to 83 percent of their yearly income. While the final rule is being implemented for now, there is no guarantee that it won't be changed or eliminated in the future. The health and human services secretary has not yet been confirmed, and House Speaker Paul Ryan has voiced his opposition to the rule in the past.

Those who are struggling to meet their child support obligations may wish to talk with an attorney. It may be possible to have support payments reduced to better reflect what an parent may be able to pay based on current income and other variables the court deems relevant. However, even if a modification is awarded, parents are responsible for any delinquent payments.

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