39-51-3106. Child support interception of unemployment benefits. (1) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(a) "Child support obligations" includes only obligations that are being enforced pursuant to a plan described in section 454 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 654) that has been approved by the secretary of health and human services under Part D of Title IV of the Social Security Act (now Subchapter IV).
(b) "State or local child support enforcement agency" means any agency of a state or political subdivision operating pursuant to a plan provided for in subsection (1)(a).
(c) "Unemployment benefits" means any benefits payable under the Montana unemployment insurance law, including amounts payable by the department pursuant to an agreement under any federal law providing for benefits, assistance, or allowances with respect to unemployment.
(2) An individual filing a new claim for unemployment benefits shall, at the time of filing the claim, disclose whether or not the individual owes child support obligations. If an individual discloses that the individual owes child support obligations and the individual is determined to be eligible for unemployment benefits, the department shall notify the state or local child support enforcement agency enforcing the obligation that the individual has been determined to be eligible for unemployment benefits.
(3) The department shall deduct and withhold from any unemployment benefits payable to an individual owing child support obligations:
(a) the amount specified by the individual to the department to be deducted and withheld under this subsection if neither subsection (3)(b) nor (3)(c) is applicable;
(b) the amount, if any, determined pursuant to an agreement submitted to the department under section 454(19)(B)(i) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 654(19)(B)(i)) by the state or local child support enforcement agency, unless subsection (3)(c) is applicable; or
(c) any amount otherwise required to be deducted and withheld from unemployment benefits pursuant to legal process, as that term is defined in section 462(e) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 662(e)), properly served upon the department.
(4) The department shall pay any amount deducted and withheld under subsection (3) to the appropriate state or local child support enforcement agency.
(5) Deductions may be made pursuant to this section only if appropriate arrangements have been made for reimbursement by the state or local child support enforcement agency for the administrative costs incurred by the department under this section.
(6) Any amount deducted and withheld under subsection (3) must be treated as if it were paid to the individual as unemployment benefits and paid by the individual to the state or local child support enforcement agency in satisfaction of the individual's child support obligations.
History: En. Sec. 1, Ch. 8, Sp. L. 1981; amd. Sec. 5, Ch. 84, L. 1983; amd. Sec. 177, Ch. 42, L. 1997.