Is it possible to apply for forgiveness of state-owed child support arrears?
While I am not licensed to practice law in your state and cannot give you legal advice, I can give some general observations on this issue based on the jurisdiction where I practice.
Where I practice in Pennsylvania, the duty of a father to pay child support is demanded by state law and enforced through a court order. The support order usually establishes the amount owed for child support going forward as well as an amount of arrears the father still owes.
Unless the mother agrees (usually in writing) to terminate the child support case, the obligation of the father to pay — both the support amount going forward and his arrears balance — is ongoing until the youngest child is emancipated (i.e., turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever is later).
Failure to pay child support can lead to a contempt action being filed against the non-paying parent; and if that parent is found in contempt of the support order, he may face penalties such as a possible bench warrant, jail time, or an attachment of his bank accounts.
Due to the sensitive nature of this situation, I would strongly suggest you contact an attorney who handles family law matters in your jurisdiction, such as Cordell & Cordell, to see how your state’s laws can help you with this serious situation.
Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult a domestic litigation attorney in your jurisdiction to obtain specific advice as to the laws in your state and how they impact your potential case.