April 08, 2021- Tamuning, Guam- Last year, the Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) of the Office of the Attorney General collected $4,179,426.24 for families owed child support. The OAG collected $2.8M through garnishment from the Department of Revenue and Taxation (DRT) and $1.3M through garnishment from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In the month of May alone, the OAG processed over $1M in child support payments.
The OAG’s efforts in 2020 resulted in a $2.8M increase in garnishments to pay outstanding child support compared to 2019.
“As parents, we have a responsibility to take care of our children, through good times and bad,” said Attorney General Leevin Taitano Camacho. “The garnishment process is a difficult one, but it is one that ultimately helps fulfill this obligation.”
Most of the garnishments came from Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economy (CARES) Act Economic Income Payment and offsets and garnishments from the IRS and DRT. The $4.1M collected in garnishments does not include support that is collected regularly through child support orders.
“We were able to garnish $4.1M to pay outstanding child support during a pandemic thanks to the hard work of our CSED team, the Department of Revenue and Taxation, and the Department of Administration,” said Attorney General Camacho.
Questions about the garnishment process or about a child support case? Contact CSED at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (671) 475-3360.
Deputy Attorney General Andrew Perez leads the CSED division.