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"Crisis" Over Child Support Delinquencies

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LAUREL, Del. - State lawmakers are voicing concern over what they are calling a "crisis" in child support delinquencies. In this weeks GOP address, Laurel Republican Rep. Tim Dukes released a video, calling for action on the problem of delinquent payment of child support.

It was back in 2012 that Dukes first called for a task force to address the issue, and all these years later, the bills are starting to roll out at the State House.

"It's overwhelming," he said. "And we want to do whatever we can to take care of our children."

Dukes is referring to federal statistics showing that there were almost $337 million in money owed in Delaware as of Fiscal Year 2014. This compares to Fiscal Year 2010, when there were just over $263 million built up.

"We want to create legislation," Dukes said. "That will help somebody when they're going through a difficult time. So they can get a reprieve. But when they're not keeping their obligation, that child support enforcement can really take a look at it and deal with the issue."

The bipartisan effort will likely result in five bills, according to Dukes. Dukes said there are currently two bills being considered. The first, which was introduced in the house two weeks ago, would raise the minimum payment, for those who are delinquent. The second, which cleared the house, is currently in a house committee, and would connect Delaware law to federal law, in order to crack down on delinquents overseas.

In Georgetown, a mother who chose to remain anonymous said something needed to be done. She said her ex-husband currently owes her approximately $2,000.

"It's been a struggle ever since," she said. "I feel like I haven't been able to give my daughter the life that she deserves. She deserves a lot more."

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