Child Support – Debt and arrears management policies

Help is available for obligors to avoid or overcome obstacles to paying child support. Debt and arrears management polices focus on areas that are significant to families experiencing difficult circumstances such as unemployment, underemployment, large arrears balances and incarceration. Counties in Minnesota have the authority to reduce permanently assigned public assistance arrears. Counties consider and approve these requests according to state policy and procedures.

Either parent may request a settlement of arrears on their case. The child support officer will conduct an evaluation to identify the reasons for the arrears, determine obligor’s current ability to pay and develop a solution to address the arrears. The solution may require a payment from the obligor.

The parent should contact the county child support officer to request this evaluation of the arrears. If the parent has more than one child support case, the parent should contact each of the county child support officers.

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