Economic stimulus money means more opportunities for enforcement of child support obligations.
Virginia collected more than $639 million in child-support payments in the past 12 months, up $10 million from the previous year, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
In many cases, the Virginia Department of Social Services has relied on unemployment benefits, tax refunds and stimulus checks.
But child support collection has still declined in certain inner city areas, such as Richmond and Petersburg, due to a rising unemployement rate. Payments are also down in Henrico, where many big employers have gone bankrupt, closed operations and laid off thousands.