40-5-910. Distribution of payments. (1) Support payments processed through the case processing unit must be promptly disbursed unless one of the following circumstances or a similar circumstance prevents prompt distribution:
(a) the location of the obligee is unknown;
(b) the support debt is in litigation or, in an income-withholding case, the income-withholding action is contested; or
(c) the department receives a payment that does not include sufficient information to identify the case or the obligee.
(2) A disbursement must comply with department rules for distribution in IV-D cases, notwithstanding an endorsement or other writing accompanying the payment that restricts disbursement or purports to direct disbursement in a manner contrary to the department's rules.
(3) If the department is unable to make a distribution because the obligee's location is unknown, the department shall return the payment to the obligor.
(4) If a payment properly distributed under this section is later determined by a court or by department decision to be refundable to the obligor for any reason, except for when the department is the obligee, the department need not pay the refund or recover the refunded amount from the obligee or from any person or agency to whom the amount was distributed.
(5) If the department distributes a support payment in error or if a distribution is made to a person, obligee, or agency not entitled to retain the distributed amount, the department may obtain restitution by means of a setoff against future payments, including arrears payments, received on behalf of the person, obligee, or agency. A setoff against future payments of current support is limited to 10% of the payment.
History: En. Sec. 6, Ch. 552, L. 1997; amd. Sec. 16, Ch. 352, L. 2001.