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Wisconsin Child Support Arrears Interest

Kenosha, WI |

Once actual arrears balance is paid in full can child support agency still continue to use administrative measures such as income withholding, liens, etc. to collect the remaining interest? If so, can they continue at the full monthly amount or can I ask for a lower payment plan? Or is there any way to ask the court to forgive the interest owed to the custodial parent? Or if it can't be forgiven then change it so the money is actual is received by the children since they stopped living with the parent before they were 18 and have had no contact with the parent receiving the money? Custodial parent won't return communication about forgiveness? Also have younger children under the age of 18 with a second family that I would prefer to switch this support to.

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  1. Child support arrears include the interest, so the principal answer to your inquiry is yes. Put another way, you are not paying off "arrears balance . . . in full" if there still exists any interest. Generally the rate is 10% above the child support amount to pay for all arrears (principal and interest, from your terms). It is possible to negotiate a reduction in arrears, but it takes experience and some luck. As for the obligee (person receiving child support), it sounds as though your operative orders are incorrect and you should correct them through the court with a motion to modify. I suggest you seek the assistance of a Wisconsin licensed attorney that specializes in custody, placement and child support. You should be advised there is no connection between child support and placement; to connect or threaten any denial of placement rights because of the child support status is a potential felony. Good luck.

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