Friday, August 12, 2011

Child support from American Indian fathers may be hard to obtain

Mothers across the state of California are finding it difficult to obtain child support from American Indian father because of the tribal governments in the area.

The tribal governments in some areas are holding the payments or not enforcing American Indian father to pay the support. Many of the tribal governments, an exact number is not known, do not garnish income from fathers to pay the back child support because a formal child support is not required.

According to a chief judge with the Hoopa Valley Tribe, only 20 out of the 103 tribes that are federally recognized by California, have enforced child support systems.

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