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Late On Child Support? Expect A Text.

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The Kansas Department for Children and Families announced a new effort to increase child support collections for Kansas families. The agency’s Child Support Services division has started sending text messages to remind non-custodial parents of their obligation.

The text messages are an attempt to encourage people to pay their child support. Texts will be sent out when the parent is 45 days late with a payment.

The initial message went to 100,000 parents. The text includes the court order number and the current amount of child support owed as well as other information. The text will include a link to make a payment, as well.

As part of the new program, custodial parents will receive a debit card soon. The agency says child support payments will be deposited on the new card, beginning in June. Total child support collections in March were up 8.6 percent over the same time last year, which translates into an additional $2.5 million collected for Kansas families.

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