PRLog (Press Release) – Nov 17, 2010 – (Minneapolis MN) – Support Collectors, Inc., a national private child support enforcement agency, has built an interactive child support tool on its website to assist parents who are owed child support make an informed decision before hiring a private agency. “Many parents who are owed child support and need help collecting don’t know what questions to ask, so it’s always been our goal to help educate them about their options. We want parents to choose a private child support agency that’s a good fit for them” says Tim Turner, President of Support Collectors.
Unpaid child support continues to be a massive nationwide problem with billions per year going unpaid. While the free or nearly-free services the government provides should always be a parent’s first option, there are many times that the government is unable to assist. “The reality is that government child support enforcement offices are being asked to do more with less and that leads to some cases not getting the attention they deserve,” explains Turner. In fact, according to a recent report from the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cse/pubs/2010/reports/pr …), government child support offices collect on only 57% of their cases, which means 43%, or 6,862,335 cases, receive nothing. These figures don’t even take into consideration the spousal support (alimony) cases that are typically not enforced by government child support offices.
“When you are one of the parents not getting support, you can either choose to do nothing or choose to take action,” states Toni Olson, Director of Client Services for Support Collectors. “If the government child support enforcement agency can’t help, there are basically two options left: hire an attorney or choose a private child support enforcement agency. Unfortunately, attorneys typically require an upfront retainer in order to begin their work and most parents can’t afford that expense. On the other hand, most private child support enforcement agencies don’t require payment upfront; they are usually only paid out of amounts collected. Support Collectors uses experienced investigators and a network of child support attorneys to give each case the personalized attention it deserves.”
Support Collectors has released a child support enforcement selection tool in order to assist with this decision-making process at http://www.supportcollectors.com/choosing.php. Turner suggests contacting the potential agency and asking the questions the tool provides. “If they can’t answer them, be leery. Professional agencies that have your best interests at heart will be glad to discuss these questions and their answers should make you more comfortable – not less.”
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Support Collectors, Inc. (http://www.SupportCollectors.com) is a private child support enforcement agency that assists parents owed child support. They offer an alternative to the overburdened government child support offices and never charge any fee unless they successfully collect.