Can My Stimulus Check Be Used for Child Support?

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the US, the federal government took steps to bolster the economy and prevent a total market crash. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) passed on March 27 was one such measure, injecting $3 trillion into US businesses and providing US citizens with a stimulus check.

However, with the stimulus check came questions. How does it work if I have a child? What if I filed jointly with someone I'm no longer married to? Is it taxable? Can I use it to pay for child support? Today, we're giving you a rundown that will answer all these questions for you.

Everything You Should Know About Your Stimulus Check

Here's what you need to know about your stimulus check:

  • It's not taxable. Many Americans assumed that, like unemployment benefits, the stimulus check would be counted as taxable income. Fortunately, that's not the case. The stimulus check isn't taxable. Additionally, you'll still receive your full tax refund for 2020 in 2021, and the federal government can't seize your stimulus check to pay back taxes or a defaulted student loan debt.
  • You're entitled to more money if you have a child. If your children were listed as dependents on your tax returns for 2018 or 2019, you should receive an extra $500 for each dependent (child) you have. However, it's worth noting that some parents didn't receive the stimulus money for their children—the IRS is aware of this issue and has told parents they may have to wait until 2021 to receive the stimulus money for their children.
  • You may have to divide your stimulus check with your ex. If you filed joint taxes in 2018 and 2019 with a person you are no longer married to, you or your ex will receive a bulk payment of $2,400 to the address you filed taxes from that you must divide between yourselves.
  • Stimulus money can be seized to repay child support. If you're delinquent on child support, the federal government can seize that money to repay your ex. Your stimulus check may also be affected if you file joint taxes with an individual delinquent on child support. If you want your full stimulus check in this scenario, you need to file for injured spouse relief with the IRS.

If you're embroiled in a child support battle, you deserve a lawyer you can trust at your side. With a 10.0 Avvo Rating, Attorney Conti Moore can help you move forward with confidence.

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