Arrears in child support is a term that refers to past due child support owed to a custodial parent.
Sometimes, the government assigns the arrears owed to a custodial parent to the state, for repayment of any public assistance the custodial parent received.
Can arrears be forgiven for child support?
The state offers debt forgiveness for noncustodial parents who have accrued at least $1,500 in state-owed child support arrears and meets other eligibility criteria. If the parent complies with the arrears forgiveness agreement, state-owed debt will be forgiven in stages over a 6-year period.
What happens to child support arrears when child turns 18?
Child support payments will continue until the arrears balance is paid in full, but you may have some options for paying them off sooner. If you’re making direct payments to the other parent instead of paying through the court, you may propose a lump-sum payment of a lesser amount than the total arrears balance.
How Long Can child support arrears be collected?
Child support remains payable until all of the back payments have been collected. Some states allow parents to get a judgment on child support and then renew the judgment after ten years, further extending the debt obligation for the amount in arrears.
Can the IRS take my whole refund for child support?
If you are behind in child support and your state child support enforcement office collects your payments from you, the IRS will take your tax refund to cover the arrears (often called a tax refund seizure). The IRS will then give the money to the appropriate child support agency.