I have a child support hearing for back child support in September in Arkansas I now live in Washington State I want to start paying my child support but I can't make it to Arkansas I don't have the money
Most States impose the duty and obligation of child support and there often isn't any way to get out of it.
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Back child support obligations in Washington normally have a ten year statute of limitation that begins running when the youngest child turns 18 (i.e., youngest child is 28). In Arkansas, the statute of limitations is 5 years for arrears that have not been adjudicated, and ten years if it has been adjudicated. You can move your child support action to Washington under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, but it depends on the facts (i.e., where the children live now for one.) Many courts allow for telephonic appearance. I would call the Arkansas Office of Child Support Enforcement and see if that is a possibility.
There is nothing that prevents you from paying child support. You don't have to be in Arkansas to send a check or money order to the other parent. If it is the state that is seeking the arrears you can deal directly with them by phone.
If there is something else going on you should get a lawyer in Arkansas to assist you. If you cannot afford a lawyer you are in serious trouble so you better start paying your support as it is due, plus some on the arrears.
If you are confused as to where to send the money, call the court clerk in the County where the case is filed, tell him or her that you need to send money to the registry so it can be forwarded to the other parent. They will be able to help you.
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