Commencing May 20, 2011, if you live in the State of Louisiana, the Department of Children and Family Services may confiscate your gambling winnings to pay off any outstanding child support debt owed by the debtor.
Under a Louisiana law that was approved last year, it allows the State to intercept cash winnings of at least $1,200, an amount that requires reporting on tax forms. The gambling board needed to enact the rules before the law could take effect.
Previously, slot machine annuity payments were the only gambling proceeds that could be seized.
The Department of Children and Family Services is creating a database for casinos to check for whether a winner owes back child support in Louisiana. If so, the winnings will be confiscated if any child support debt is owed. Several other states have similar systems.
Before paying winners, the casinos will determine if any child support debtors’ names appear in the database. If a name is detected, the casino will confiscate the amount owed and charge an additional administrative fee of up to a $35. Pursuant to the regulations, any winnings received above what is owed plus the administrative fee will then be paid back to the gambler.
Each casino in Louisiana is required to submit a monthly report detailing the number of searches in the database, the number of matches found, the amount of jackpot winnings seized and the total administrative fees charged.
Thousands of children around Louisiana are owed more than $1 billion in child support.
From an Orange County child support lawyer’s perspective, this a good way to get deadbeats to pay their child support debts. Instead of wasting money on gambling, said money could go towards payment of a child support debt. This is why it is important to pay your child support debt. Otherwise, other ramifications such as the confiscation of a driver’s license or passport could plague you.