Maryland collected $549 million in child support payments last year, setting a new record for the state.
Maryland is now among the top ten states in collecting past due payments. Two years ago, Maryland ranked 26th in collecting past due payments, the state’s Department of Human Resources said.
Out of 36 metro regions nationwide, Prince George's County ranked third for cases in arrears and fifth for percentage of current support paid, according to preliminary data from the federal government.
The increases mean a 16 percent increase in collections per case, or an increase of $353 per case. More than 293,000 children benefited from the department's efforts to enforce court-ordered child support.
This year, the state has collected $7.2 million compared to the same period a year ago, bringing the total increase since 2011 to $37.2 million. More than $155 million was disbursed to former recipients of Temporary Cash Assistance.