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When applying a 6% penalty to child support arrears on top

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When applying a 6% penalty to child support arrears on top of the 10% interest, does that penalty get applied towards the principal therefore subjecting it to interest?
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I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

Under CA law, the interest applied and compounded annually on child support arrears included not only the principal of support owing, but all past increases in the debt due to both interest and any penalty applied by the court.

So in 2016 if a debt of $20,000 was increase $2000 by interest and another $1200 because of a 6% penalty, in 2017 when the amount is again ready to have the interest compounded, the full debt of $23,200 will be subject to the 10% annual interest.

Therefore, like any interest, the penalty as well is added to the principal for purposes of determining the annual interest to be added to the debt.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
It is simple interest in california at 10 percent.

Hi,

No, it is not simple interest. Simple interest is as a rule computed and compounded daily. Under CA law, the interest applied to child support arrears is 10% interest, compounded annually.

In technical terms, it is:

10 percent per annum, with interest accrual beginning the first day of the month following either the day the installment is due or from the date of entry of judgment.

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