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My ex wife stop paying her child support as she had a stroke and is not able to pay. What happens to the arrears if she files

Staten Island, NY |

for a modification. Does the judge we out the arrears she has accumulated because she was unable to work or does she still have to pay the arrears

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Arrears stay and may be reduced to a judgment. Any modification granted will be effective as of the date the application was made, not before.

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Arrears continue to accrue until she files for a modification.

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Arrears generally cannot be cancelled. That said, if she is incapacitated, the Court may find there to be a "grievous injustice" if arrears are not modified. You have a right to file an enforcement action - to which she'd likely counter with a modification petition. Speak to a Child Support lawyer in your area.

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