Updating Your Arkansas Child Support Payments

August 11, 2016

You are behind on your child support payments and the office of child support enforcement is in hot pursuit. You want to take care of your child. You are doing the best you can. Maybe you lost your job or your hours were reduced significantly. Whatever the case, you just can’t afford to pay for child support in the amount currently required of you. You have options. Don’t just wait until you are ordered to court to show cause why you shouldn’t be held in contempt of your child support obligation.

If you have an open case with the Office of Child Support Enforcement, Arkansas child support laws grant you the right to request a review of your child support order once every 36 months. You may also ask for a review before that time if your gross income has changed to an amount equal to or more than 20% OR if your gross income has changed more than $100 per month. Please note that even though the Office of Child Support Enforcement may assist you in changing an order to reflect the amount you should be paying according to the Arkansas child support chart should you be eligible, the Office of Child Support Enforcement attorney is not your attorney and is not representing you.

It is beneficial to make payments through the Arkansas Child Support Clearinghouse. If you do not have an open child support enforcement case, for instance when you pay child support directly to the custodial parent, the Office of Child Support Enforcement cannot help you. Often times when the arrangement is for payments to be made directly to the custodial parent and a dispute arises because of late payments or miscommunication, the custodial parent hires an attorney to force you to catch up on those payments. It is in your best interest if you are making child support payments directly to the custodial parent that you keep check stubs and receipts to document the payments that you did make in case a dispute arises.

If you do not have an open child support enforcement case with the Office of Child Support Enforcement and need to ask the court to reduce your child support obligation, we can help you.