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Child Support Modification Program Ends

SALEM, Ore. — The state is ending a recession-era program that allowed some Oregon families to have their child support payments modified.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced the end of the Recession Response Project, which allowed more than 1,200 Oregon families to more quickly lower or modify their child support payments.

The state launched the program in May 2009 in response to the recession and Oregon’s high unemployment rate, which was around 12 percent. The program allowed six-month modifications of a parent’s basic child-support obligations if one or both parents suffered loss of income due to the recession, the state said.

Rosenblum says the program is ending because the state’s economy is improving and requests for modifications have significantly decreased over the past year. Oregon’s unemployment rate is now 8.7 percent.

Here is a copy of Rosenblum’s declaration she issued Friday, Sept. 14:

DECLARATION of End to “Period of Significant Unemployment”
As authorized by Oregon Revised Statues 415.425(13)(b)

Oregon currently has an unemployment rate of 8.7 percent, following a long period at rates as high as 12.4 percent. The federal and state governments have ended extended unemployment benefit periods. Oregon’s most recent economic forecast indicates continued improvement. The current economic climate supports more Oregon parents’ ability to meet their child support obligations. Accordingly, I declare that the period of significant unemployment will end October 1, 2012. This declaration authorizes the Oregon Child Support Program to end its Recession Response project implemented as a temporary streamlined process for handling employment-related requests for the modification of child support payments.

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