I screwed up and my child support payments lapsed when I was unemployed, I have a massive buildup of arrears that I just can't pay off especially with the interest piling up on it. I have been paying it back as quickly as I can and even when recently unemployed I paid my monthly child support. I am now working. If I continue to pay my child support, will they come after me over the arrears if I continue to pay directly or will they seek another garnishment.
I suggest making an agreement with them for additional payments toward the arrears but even with a payment plan, they can intercept tax refunds and lien an account if they find significant money.
It depends upon who "they" is.
If it's your ex, you can negotiate any terms that the two of you wish to agree upon.
If it's the Dept. of Child Support Services, then they would want the payback of arrears, especially if your ex ever got benefits from the county. If so, then they would give you the option of paying in installments.
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