“Common Problems With Child Support Arrears”

There are actually quite a few ways to end up in arrears on child support, which is never a good thing. It can be hard to climb out of the hole if they build up and the legal rate of 10% interest can make significant additions to the amount owed. Here are some of the most common problems and things to watch out for:

1. Failing to request a modification after job loss. Your support does not stop unless you ask the court to stop it—failing to do so means arrears will be accruing.
2. Failing to request a modification if your income drops, See above.
3. Failing to request a modification of support if a child for whom you are paying support begins to live with you instead of the other parent.
4. Failing to keep records and proof of payments made.
5. Making payments in cash or other untraceable methods.
6. Making an agreement with your ex to modify support and not getting it in writing and filed with the court as a new order.
7. Failing to appear in court because you thought you had an agreement on support.

Any of these problems can leave you faced with an arrears bill to pay down. If you keep in mind that any change that needs to be made needs to go officially through the court, you can avoid a nasty surprise and big arrears bill.

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