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DO YOU BELIEVE THE CHILD SUPPORT ARREARS BALANCE IS INCORRECT?
Child support arrears are the past due child support payments that the noncustodial parent (or the parent without primary custody of the child) owes to the custodial parent. If you owe arrears you’ll need to understand how the process works before you can resolve the issue. Do you believe the child support arrears balance is incorrect? Read more to discover your options.
Current child support arrears are calculated by finding the difference between what the you owe and what you’ve paid. Even if the court later approves a new child support order with a smaller child support obligation, it won’t apply retroactively. The new child support payment will have no effect on your arrears balance.
Some states may assess interest on unpaid child support, which can increase the total amount owed. The state can also assign court costs, attorney fees, and paternity testing costs to the noncustodial parent. Also, the noncustodial parent may owe retroactive child support, also known as back child support. This is support the noncustodial parent owes for the time between the parents’ separation and the final child support court date. To calculate back child support, the state will take the amount of child support established in the child support order and multiply it by the number of months that passed before the order was finalized. How many months back the courts can go varies from state to state.
Solving Your Child Support Issues
If you’re having child support issues, it’s never too late to reach out for help. Friends of Fathers is a trusted network serving fathers in Metro Detroit Michigan. We help fathers just like you avoid legal consequences and get current with child support. We know what it feels like to be in your position and promise to do everything we can to get you back on track and looking forward to a bright future.
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