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People using gig work to avoid child support

Employers in Georgia are required to report all new hires to a database designed to track parents who are under orders to pay child support. Most employers, however, are not required to report new gig workers or independent contractors. Even in states where the law requires reporting new contractors, large companies like Uber and Lyft do not always follow the rules, according to the head of the Department of Child Support Services in California.

Child support is meant to ensure that both parents pay for the basic needs of the children. The amount of unpaid child support nationally has been estimated at $114 billion. Approximately 70 percent of payments for child support are collected via paycheck withholding. Funds paid to gig workers and independent contractors can be garnished only if the relevant state agencies are aware of the payments and the employer agrees to participate in the process.

According to a family law attorney, gig workers hiding income is a new form of a long-existing problem in child support collections. People who are self-employed have more ability to mask their incomes to avoid garnishment. Additionally, gig work may not be consistent or last for long periods of time. A 2016 study conducted by the JPMorgan Chase Institute indicated that people who offer their services via online platforms participate less after the first month.

A spokesperson for the Arizona Department of Economic Security said gig workers are often no longer working for the company once the state discovers they've been doing gig work. Individuals who are owed significant child support may wish to consult an attorney. An attorney with experience in family law might help by looking for evidence of assets or garnishable wages. An attorney may be able to draft and file documents to collect past due child support or argue on behalf of the client in court.

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