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do you contest that you owe any portion of the arrears?
It seems a little ridiculous that they would keep charging me monthly and adding interest knowing that I was pending SSD and had no income and couldnt pay, and to continue adding interest knowing that i cant even pay the full monthly amount due much less the interest. If what they are doing is unjust then yes... otherwise no.. I guess I cant contest it.
Also this is all arrears. There is no active support order and hasnt been for 4 years. The children are now 21 and 24.
If the other parent is willing to waive the arrears, it can be done.
And yes, it is ridiculous.
However, arrears are ordinarily impossible to otherwise discharge, even in bankruptcy. You can obstruct collection by putting your money in someone else's name (this is usually not a great idea), keeping it outside the U.S., or keeping your assets liquid and unattached to your social security number, but the right to garnish will remain in effect.
I realize that this is probably not be what you had wanted to hear, but I do hope that you understand my philosophy that I cannot help people unless I tell them the truth, regardless of whether it is "good" news or "bad" news. Let me know if I may be of further assistance. Thank you.
Thank you for your honesty. I do appreciate that.
Under the current conditions I will never... in my life.... get this off my back. At $50 per month and interest being added that exceeds that amount.... I could potentially owe 100's of thousands of dollars when I die...
If I were to live to 80, I'm 58 now...22 years at $600 per year I will have paid $13,200 and owe more than I owe now.... Who makes these laws?
Would it be reasonable to try to make an offer to settle this with the recipient? Maybe offer $6000.00... thats 10 years up front.. Do you think the court would agree to close the case?
did the other parent receive public assistance during the period that child support was not being paid in full? (e.g. welfare).
Sorry for the delay.
As long as the other parent did not receive public assistance, the other parent has the power to negotiate the discharge of the debt. Settlement offers are very reasonable and are not unusual. The court would be glad to sign off on a settlement.
As for who makes these laws, they are legislatively enacted. Politicians pass the laws, then go back to their district to boast about how tough they are on "deadbeat dads". Of course, there are lots more innocent casualties as a result, but they don't advertise that.
Thank you Mr. Mayer
You have been very helpfull. I have been bothered by this for a long time and now I know the answers and what I can do.