South Dakota's unpaid child support sees largest increase in nation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Federal data show that South Dakota's unpaid child support grew by about $50 million over five years, to more than $190 million.

The Argus Leader reports that the state's unpaid child support rose by nearly 32 percent between 2012 and 2016, the largest increase in the nation during that period. The amount of money owed in back child support, also known as arrearages, only increased by less than 2 percent nationally.

Gail Stoltenburg is director of the state's child support program. Stoltenburg says caseloads have increased, which ultimately results in more back child support cases. Stoltenburg also says a 2011 U.S. Supreme Court decision complicated child support collections by requiring proof of the ability to pay before an individual can be jailed.