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Child support struggle by moms among California tribes

Monday, August 08, 2011

  • Kelley Weiss
  • San Francisco Chronicle

 Mothers around the state are finding it almost impossible to collect child support from some American Indian fathers because tribal governments and businesses are shielding them from court-ordered payments, records and interviews show.

The number of tribes or tribal companies that do not honor state child support orders - by garnisheeing the income or bank accounts of delinquent parents - is murky. The California Department of Child Support Services does not systematically track which businesses, tribal or otherwise, honor support orders.

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