Demand and Claim Child Support Arrears the Legal Way

Child Support Payments Demand and Claim Child Support Arrears the Legal Way

Demand and Claim Child Support Arrears the Legal Way

Child support is a contentious issue among separated parents, and child support arrears are common as the obligor parent tries to dodge the payments. This can put an undue financial strain on the custodial parent.

Fortunately, there are several ways to claim any outstanding child support payments and arrears, including DoNotPay. Here is an overview of your available options.

How to Claim Child Support Arrears by Yourself 

Claiming support arrears by yourself can be a long and frustrating process. However, this mostly depends on factors such as the state where you live and the nature of the child support order. You have two options: contact the state child support agency or hire your own attorney.

  1. Using the State Child Support Agency 

Every state has an agency dedicated to handling issues related to child support. These agencies offer several services, including following up with the obligor parent to get them to make regular child support payments as stipulated in the court order.

However, it is worth noting that working with the state child support agency in most cases entails a lot of paperwork. It also involves a lot of waiting, and the state's ability to force the obligor parent to pay up is usually limited.

  1. Hiring a Lawyer

Alternatively, you can hire an attorney to leverage the available legal tools to get the obligor parent to pay up. However, hiring an attorney can be expensive, and an incompetent attorney can waste a lot of time and lose the case. Fortunately, you can always use an automated legal platform such as DoNotPay

What Do Arrears Mean in Child Support? 

A child support order stipulates the amount that the obligor parent should make in child support payments. However, the obligor parent can decide not to pay the full amount for various reasons.

The difference between what the obligor parent is expected to pay and what they have actually paid is known as child support arrears. Essentially, arrears are an outstanding balance that the obligor parent is expected to clear.

Do Child Support Arrears Ever Go Away? 

No, child support arrears never go away. Additionally, most states have laws stating that arrears should accrue interest at an annual rate of 10% or higher. To this end, the custodial parent (meaning you) can seek an enforcement order on any outstanding arrears and the interest accrued over time.

Child Support Guides by State 

The process for claiming child support arrears varies from state to state, as mentioned. Here is an overview of the child support laws in all states:

DelawareMinnesota Wyoming
South CarolinaKansasNorth Dakota
Rhode IslandNebraskaMississippi
New MexicoOhioArkansas
New HampshireNevadaArizona
AlabamaKentuckyWest Virginia
IdahoMassachusetts Georgia
Washington StateColoradoIndiana
CaliforniaNew YorkNew Jersey
FloridaNorth Carolina Wisconsin

Next Steps for Demanding Child Support Payments If You Can't Do It Yourself

Have you tried claiming outstanding child support arrears without success? You can always hire the best attorney in town, but that will likely cost you more than the arrears. Fortunately, you can always utilize DoNotPay, an automated legal platform backed by some of the best legal minds in the country. 

Demand Child Support Payments With the Help of DoNotPay

Have you tried all available state and legal channels to demand child support arrears without success? DoNotPay can help in three easy steps: 

  1. Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.


  2. Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made and number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.


  3. Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.


Why Use DoNotPay to Demand Child Support Arrears

Here are the top three reasons you should use DoNotPay to claim child support arrears. DoNotPay is:

  • Fast. Claiming child support arrears can take months. However, DoNotPay knows how to navigate the justice system and avoid bureaucracy, making the process fast.
  • Easy. Claiming child support payments and arrears involves a lot of paperwork and appointments with state agents and attorneys. However, DoNotPay automates the whole process to the three easy steps discussed earlier.
  • Successful. DoNotPay is an automated legal platform backed by some of the best legal minds, as explained earlier. To this end, you can rest assured that it will maximize your likelihood of winning your claim against the obligor parent.

What Else Can DoNotPay Do? 

DoNotPay can help you with many other legal issues besides claiming child support payments. Some of their other services include:

This is just the tip of what DoNotPay can do for you. Visit the platform today to learn more about how they can help.

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