The child is over 18 now, the other parent and I have came to an agreement to settle for a lump sum. What is the process so I can be sure she can never reopen this case?
If this is a DCSS case and there was no cash aid (welfare) then you should be able to file a motion to get it on calendar and then stipulate to the arrears amount.
If there was cash aid then you cannot settle the arrears.
If the child is over 18 the case cannot be reopened, assuming they have also graduated from school.
If this is NOT a DCSS case, then you simply have an attorney draft a stipulated agreement and file it with the court.
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You need to phrase the settlement as "accord and satisfaction" of child support obligation.
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