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Understanding Child Support Arrears

In Child Support by Sarah Hink

Child support can be a source of incredible stress and conflict. As attorneys who have provided over twenty years of legal representation in family law matters, we have seen it all. The reason that child support in particular gets heated is because it combines the two elements that can independently ignite arguing couples: money and children. It is unfortunate that children are caught up in these battles. In fact, a study by Health and Human Services in North Carolina showed that over $280 million in child support went unpaid in 2014 alone! So the key question is: what happens when a parent fails to pay child support? Child Support Arrears Court ordered child support payments that are unpaid after their due date are referred to as “arrears.” This can include …