When I started playing child support I was paying cash (I have no record, so legally I know it didn't happen). Do to me moving and failing to report my move, when my exwife got a court order for child support I had no knowledge of it (the court order was less than what I was paying). By the time I found out it was already at $12000 in arrears. I changed jobs and now I am not making near as much money. They are garnishing my wages for the monthly support and the arrears; $350 a month and $50 towards the arrears. Even though I am paying towards the arrears they add on $100 in interest, so my debt is now going down. My debt now is about $14000 and at this rate I will never be able to pay it off. I need to find a way to get these fees waived, reduced, or buy out the debt for a portion of the cost. What forms or agencies do I need?
I’m sorry to have to report that you have no right to a settlement. That said, I am given to understand that sometimes DC SS will settle arrearages. Call the office that handles your payment and ask them what they can do for you on that topic.
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You will need to work with DCSS as well as your ex. They may be able to do an accounting of arrears for you. if you are claiming you paid her in cash and she is willing to admit she received that, that could reduce a portion of the arrears. If I am understanding you correctly- you continued to pay her in cash despite a court order that you owed her less than what you were paying, and she admits that, potentially you could be entitled to a credit. But you need to get started with DCSS so they know what is going on.
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