Westchester County

Disbursement of Child Support

Disbursement of Child Support

Payments made to the SCU are meant to support your child. If you are not receiving public assistance, the SCU will send the payments to you as promptly as they are received. Effective October 1, 2008, if you are a public assistance customer, you will received up to the first $100 of current support collected each month in addition to your public assistance grant. This amount will be adjusted for periods after January 1, 2010, to be up to the first $100 of current support collected with one child, and up to the first $200 for two or more children in a household receiving public assistance.

The SCU may collect child support payments owed by taking these amounts out of the non-custodial parent's federal or state income tax refunds. If money is received in this way, federal income tax refunds will first be used to pay back public assistance for support payments the non-custodial parent failed to make while you received public assistance. Any amount that remains will be sent to you or returned to the non-custodial parent if no further monies are owed to you.

State tax refunds or other state payments will first be used to pay you any past due support you may be owed. Any amount that remains will then be used to pay back public assistance for support payments the non-custodial parent failed to make while you received public assistance, or returned to the non-custodial parent if no further monies are owed.

You may be asked to return all or part of the amount sent to you if the Internal Revenue Service later determines that it belongs to someone else who filed a joint tax return with the non-custodial parent. Because of the time allowed for filing an amended return, a request for repayment may be made for up to six years after you receive money.