Child Support Debt Program
I am working on a case right now with a client to resolve two cases with significant “nonwelfare” and “welfare” arrears. It is a multi-jurisidictional case with one being in Northern California. Both cases are being enforced by the County of Los Angeles Department of Child Support Services (DCSS).
“Arrears” means past due supportArrears are created when a child support order is made and there have periods of time in which payments were paid partially or not at all. If you owe arrears, you may be able to reduce the arrears (and interests) significantly. Arrears owed to the local child support agency for welfare may only be negotiated downward if certain requirements are met.
What is the Child Support Debt Program?Also referred to and previously called the Compromise of Arrears Program (COAP), it is a debt reduction program for eligible participants with arrears owed to the state. Keep in mind that if the arrears have been assigned, defined as “welfare reimbursement” support arrears cannot be legally waived. In certain cases, the state allows a parent to pay less than his or her total child support debt owed to the government. The agency determines if you are eligible, and the eligibility requirements are very specific. If you qualify you may pay a reduced amount to satisfy your balance, rather than full amount due. Any reduction in your arrears will be based on your current income and assets.