DadsDivorce LIVE: Forgiving $38,750 In Child Support For Family’s Sake

Kimberly Seals Allers raised a few eyebrows earlier this year when she walked into the Queens County Family Court for approval to forgive $38,750 in child support arrears from her ex husband.

The award-winning journalist recently wrote about her decision in an editorial for the New York Times Motherlode blog.

In the wake of the shooting death of Walter Scott by a South Carolina police officer, much attention has been given to the many flaws of the U.S. child support system. In Ms. Seals Allers’ case, she realized a key difference between an unwillingness to pay child support and inability to pay. 

She recognized that her ex husband was paying what he could and contributing to the upbringing of their children in non-monetary ways. She also was determined to prevent child support debt from driving a wedge between her children and their father.

Ms. Seals Allers joined DadsDivorce Live to explain why forgiving those child support arrears was the best decision for her family and to discuss how the child support system often tears at the fabric of American families.

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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on,, and, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

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