Monday, August 18, 2008


Although this blog isn't about my days at work, I feel the need to share this exciting story. But before I get to the exciting part; I have to reveal what I do for a living. The subject matter behind my profession may become a blog in itself as there's a lot to discuss.

I've worked for the state government since 1999. Since that time, I have worked as an Enforcement Specialist with the Department of Human Resources—a child support agent. My job is to enforce court ordered child support.

I have been working a particular case where the child turned 18 in June. By this time, the father owed $34,972.52 all of which is owed to the mother. To top it all off, this same father owed equally as much to another mother in another county within the State.

One day I received a call from the other county stating the father wanted to pay his arrears IN FULL to the tune of $74,467.35 (this amount encompasses both cases). I immediately thought this promise was a crock of you know what. Apparently, the father inherited a considerable amount of money as a result of the death of a family member and since he had the means, wanted to pay his obligations in full. I have no idea how much he received in total; for the purpose of my job, that's irrelevant. My main concern is that mom receive the money she been waiting years to receive.

This is a happy ending that I'm proud to report as these types of stories don't happen often. Lovers and haters of the child support issue, give me your thoughts. What would you do with $34,900 or say $74,000?

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