Child Support and the CARES Act FAQ



Definitions

  • CARES Act – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act signed into law on March 27, 2020, to provide fast and direct economic assistance to Americans.
  • Title IV-D Case - A child support case in which your child support order is being enforced by the state child support agency, Division of Child Support Services (DCSS).
  • Non-IV-D Case – A child support case in which DCSS is not involved.

Federal Stimulus Checks and Child Support Arrearages
Generally speaking, unless your child support order is being enforced by DCSS your federal stimulus check will not be intercepted for child support arrears.

Financial Hardship Related to COVID-19 and Temporary Modification of Child Support
Employers and Income Withholding Orders
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), enacted on March 27, 2020, is designed to encourage Eligible Employers to keep employees on their payroll, despite experiencing economic hardship related to COVID-19, with an employee retention tax credit (Employee Retention Credit). See FAQs:
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/faqs-employee-retention-credit-under-the-cares-act