Paying Off Child Support Arrears For Adult Children

Noblesville Indiana Divorce LawyerQuestion:

I owe child support arrears for children that are now well into adulthood with their own families. It has been well over 10 years since my children reached the age of emancipation.

Has it been long enough to reach the statute of limitations or will I be obligated to pay the back child support no matter how old my children are? I provided them with money throughout the years, just not through the courts.


I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Indiana child support laws where I am licensed to practice.

If your child support obligation has been reduced to judgment, then under my state’s child support laws, you would have an obligation to pay the judgment for the child support.

If your child support obligation has not been reduced to a judgment, then there would be an obligation on the opposing party to prove that the amount is owed and has not been paid and to seek a judgment compelling you to pay the child support arrearage.

You would have the opportunity to present evidence that you have provided support for the children as required by the order establishing your child support obligation.

Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with a divorce lawyer in your jurisdiction.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Noblesville, Indiana Divorce Lawyer Sara Pitcher, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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8 comments on “Paying Off Child Support Arrears For Adult Children

    42 US Code 654(21)(a) caps the amount of interest that states may charge on child support arrears at six (6) percent per year.

    Since most states charge more than the amount of interest allowed by Federal law, I suggest that ALL parents have their arrears obligations recalculated.

    Vice President Elect Mike Pence’s home state of Indiana is also the worst offender in this regard, because Indiana law allows a court to order up to 1-1/2 percent interest on child support arrears, which is three times the rate allowed by Federal law, before compounding.

    The reason that states ignore this federal statute is also quite simple – greed.

    Increasing the gross amount of ‘child support’ collected increases the kickbacks (I’m sorry – incentive payments) that states receive under the Child Support Performance and Incentive Act for collecting ‘child support’.

    I am an adult 54 I recently found my bio father I paid for DNA he is the father. At the time this man got my mom pregnant she was only 16. I was born 2days before she was 17 … No charges were filed on him as he was 34 at the time of conception. He never paid a cent for me. When I found him he said didn’t you have a step dad ? What a joke? I am his only child. Do I have any rights to collect my birth rights?

    I live in ohio I am an adult I found out my Mom is receiving back child supoort from my dad. Shouldn’t that money go to us since we are grown?

    I’m about to pay my child support off to the state of Tennessee…not to a dad or family…I lost my son a long time ago they took him….I’m together now praise GOD…but its took 10 to 11 years to get it paid I’ve made my bond over not paying my family all got together and their gonna help me pay it off before I go to court…can the judge still put me in jail for the length of time it took…thank you

    I’m not married but my kids all grown up this time and I’m still paying child support, back child support for them

    Mr Harrison that is very sad you don’t support your kids when they be a little ones well I wish every state applied 100% INTEREST. FOR WHEREVER YOU OWN In back child support that be a wonderful. Then you be a 65 and still paying child support only to remained you …how responsible you are when your beautiful kids is just a baby’s ….as a divorce mother with one beautiful daughter in felling offended because I’m working 16 hours every day for provide food house clothing and private school to my daughter to give the best life to her now she is in college and I never get a child support from her father way because he is the same like you.not a responsible parent so remember you will finish paying in till you pay what you own I hope is a good amount so your ex wife has a wonderful vacations or new car ..I don’t have a sympathy for you!!!!. Or for other parents never responsibles like to be….to grown a heathy kids .amen

    Just to let you know that my husband owes arrears and it is not always the husband in the wrong….. there are 2 sides to a story and people are too quick to judge the fathers… my husband has a grown daughter, her mother was the one to go off and he was left to pay support which for a lot of the time the child stayed with relatives, he had trouble paying over the years and now he still owes arrears and the interest is the killer, it would have been paid a long time ago if not for the interest… fathers are not all the guilty ones… don’t judge everyone the same…even though the mother is a multi millionaire we struggle to try and pay this, but there is one consolation, the daughter comes to us for support, advice, love… not her mom

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