I am sorry to hear this;
yes, a person that is owed child support would need to submit a claim to the probate court so that the personal representative can pay any valid claims.
Here is the code that authorizes the creditor to submit a claim:
SECTION 62-3-104. Claims against decedent; necessity of administration.
No claim may be filed against the estate of a decedent and no proceeding to enforce a claim against the estate of a decedent or his successors may be revived or commenced before the appointment of a personal representative, except as provided in Section 62-3-804(1)(b). After the appointment and until distribution, all proceedings and actions to enforce a claim against the estate are governed by the procedure prescribed by this article [Sections 62-3-101 et seq.]. After distribution, a creditor whose claim has not been barred may recover from the distributees as provided in Section 62-3-1004 or from a former personal representative individually liable as provided in Section 62-3-1005. This section has no application to a proceeding by a secured creditor of the decedent to enforce his right to his security except as to any deficiency judgment which might be sought therein.
HISTORY: 1986 Act No. 539, Section 1; 2013 Act No. 100, Section 1, eff January 1, 2014.
So if the personal representative did not follow proper procedure the PR can be liable for the claim.
One would need to contact the court clerk to determine who the PR is.
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