Child Support Debt

  1. Basics of Child Support

    1. What is child support?

    2. Who has to pay child support?

    3. Who receives my child support payments?

    4. How will owing child support affect my reentry?

    5. How do I find out whether I owe child support and how much I owe?

  2. Managing Your Child Support Payments

    1. I am currently incarcerated. Do my child support payments automatically stop when I am in prison or jail?

    2. Will my child support payments automatically begin when I am released from prison or jail?

    3. How do I make child support payments?

    4. What can i do if my money is being taken out of my salary for overdue child support payments?

    5. Can I change or adjust the amount of child support I owe? …While I am incarcerated? …After my release?

    6. I am formerly incarcerated and owe money for past, overdue child support payments (“arrears”). How can I change these arrears?

    7. Can I get rid of my past, overdue child support debt?

    8. I receive public benefits. Can a portion of my public benefits be taken to pay for child support?

  3. Consequences for Failing to Pay Child Support

    1. Can I be in violation of my supervision or parole if I fail to pay child support?

    2. Can I go to jail for not paying child support?