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Employer Returned Checks

The Montana Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) appreciates employer cooperation in the income withholding process. However, occasionally a payment received from an employer is returned unpaid by the bank. Because the CSED must meet federal timelines for distribution, a payment is issued to the custodial parent before the CSED receives the returned check from the bank. Effective August 1, 2003 the CSED will refer any returned check to a private collection agency for collection. The employer will be charged an appropriate fee by the collection agency for the returned check as authorized under Montana statute.