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Definition: Arrearage
Definition: Arrearage
Roseville Family Law Legal Glossary

Family Law Glossary: Arrearage

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Unpaid child support payments in Placer County are called “arrears” or “arrearages.” Child support is a legal obligation to pay to support your offspring, and arrearages will earn 10% interest each year under California Code of Civil Procedure 685.010. In some situations, the county or your ex-partner can garnish your wages or put a lien on your property to secure payment. Those who are in arrears could also lose a professional license or suffer other penalties for failure to pay. If you live in the Roseville or Sacramento areas and your financial circumstances have changed, you should petition a court to modify child support or alimony; don’t simply stop paying, as arrearages will continue to accrue.


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