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Can you give me a little more information... Paying on what?
Alimony? Child support? Judgments? something else?
What state is this in?
Has the person been served with a contempt summons to come to court?
Ok, then once he is served, he will have to go to court and explain to the judge that there was a change in his income or finances that got him behind. The judge will then likely order him to continue to make his current payments and pay something towards the back payments. There is a very low chance that the judge would do anything more severe, like put him in jail, because that will only serve to put him further behind and make it impossible to get caught up.
If this was a permanent reduction in income, he could actually request that the judge permanently reduce his alimony based on the change in income.