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Is there anyway to make back child support amounts go away.

Sacramento, CA |

My husband owes over 100,000 in back child support, most of it is late fees. His kids all are in their 20's now and does not have any court ordered payments. Not ro mention, my husbands wife claimed she had the kids when she didnt to get back child support. Is there anyway to get rid of the money due, or get it greatly lowered. We have two kids now and having this debt has really strained my family and made it hard to support our kids.

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  1. A motion for modification would be the best course of action. Of course, if he waited too long he may be out of luck. Was this a public assistance case? If it was, then no. If it wasn't, then the mother does have some say in whether those arrears are reduced.

    Why did he wait so long?


  2. Your husband may have some limited options available to him, but you need to consult with a competent family law attorney in your area to assist you.

    The unfortunate answer is child support obligations never go away and simply ignoring the debt will only make it worse (as you've already come to realize). A debt of child support is unlike any other debt--for example, you cannot get rid of it even if you file for bankruptcy.

    The best course of action is to hire a competent family law attorney to advise you properly based on the particular circumstances of your case. It will be well worth your time and money.

    Good luck to you.

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  3. This is worth enough money that you should get some help from a competent attorney. You MAY have limited options but only a careful review of all the facts will tell for sure.

    Best of luck to you.

    Attorney Rebekah Ryan Main

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