Federal government workers still required to pay support bills without paychecks

The Capitol is seen at day's end as the Senate works on a House-passed bill that would pay for President Donald Trump's border wall and avert a partial government shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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The partial government shutdown is affecting federal employees across the country, meaning money is becoming an issue for many.

“I wish this was over. I love my job, but this is ridiculous,” said federal government employee, John. Because of the partial government shutdown, he has not been paid in a month.

John is divorced, and owes $700 a month in spousal support. That money is usually taken directly from his paycheck. That bill is now past due.

“I get this lovely note that says we realize you aren't getting paid, but you really need to try to keep up so you don't go into arrearage,” he said.

10TV reached out to the Fairfield County Job and Family services director and asked if federal government employees who aren't getting a paycheck still need to pay.

"Court ordered support obligations continue during periods of unemployment or in this case a lack of pay due to the federal government shutdown. Support obligations that are not paid during periods of unemployment will accumulate in the form of arrearages," Fairfield County Job and Family Services Director Aundrea Cordle in a statement.

“You think people would have a little more compassion,” John said.

John was told he could pay a different way, or his checking account could be frozen until he is up to date on his payments. John is hoping the shutdown ends before it comes to that.

“We're innocent pawns in a huge game,” he said.