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A letter from the attorney is basically a threat to take more serious action. Once the entitled spouse files with the CSEA (child support enforcement agency) the local prosecutor will become involved and issue a summons for a hearing on the support issue. This is basically a criminal proceeding. Your husband will need to explain what is going on, and provide a commitment to pay the arrears. This might involve an increase of what he is currently paying. The prosecutor will drop the charges if the arears is paid. If a payment plan is worked out you husband could get probation or just a delayed hearing to assure payments are being made.
You husband should re-evaluate his financial position if changes have occurred since his initial support order. If his income has decreased through no intended fault of his own he can ask for a modification to lower the support amount.
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