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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville parents who are behind on their child support are getting a public reminder of what they owe. The Jefferson County Attorney's Office has announced this year's list of people who are more than a year behind on their payments.
The office plans to list more than 3,000 names on its website, and is hoping for the public's help. It wants people to come forward about updated addresses or job information for the people on the list.
This year's list contains 3,882 names on the insert and website, last known addresses and the amount of child support owed as of August 27, 2013. Individuals listed owe a collective $99.7 million.
"Our purpose in publishing this list is to get location information on these individuals," said County Attorney Mike O'Connell. "We need for the public to read the list, then call us at 574-0821 with location information."
"This is just one of the strategies our office uses to collect the support these children need, but it is one of the most successful," said O'Connell.
Seven previous inserts have resulted in the collection of $8.8 million for the children of Metro Louisville.
Child support officials say the economy has made it harder for a lot of people to pay. Angie Anton, Child Support Division Director, points out, "Most parents aren't deliberately avoiding their child support obligations. They fall on hard times or they lose a job or they may be nervous about coming to the office to ask for advice about what to do."
So far, the city has collected almost $9 million in child support payments over the last eight years by releasing the names to the public