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Sun Feb 26, 2012, 01:46 PM

Change On Federal Benefits Payments Could Leave Child Support Debtors With No Income [View all]

Thousands of poor and disabled men stand to lose their only income next year because of a change in government policy that will allow states to seize every dollar of federal benefits from people who owe back child support.

Previously, states could capture only 65 percent of benefits from people who opted to be paid by paper check. Advocates estimate that 275,000 men could be left destitute as a result of the change.

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By allowing seizure of the remaining 35 percent of benefits, the rules could cause thousands of poor men to lose their only income.

"It's kind of Orwellian, what's being set up here for a segment of the population," says Johnson Tyler, an attorney who represents poor and disabled people collecting federal benefits. "It's going to be a nightmare in about a year unless something changes."

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