Past-Due Child Support (Arrears)
If you have been ordered to pay child support, and you fail to make a child support payment on time, the amount that was owed will become past-due child support (arrears).
Unless the past-due child support is paid off, the next child support order you receive will show that you owe both the current child support payments plus the amount that is past-due.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT PAST-DUE CHILD SUPPORT:
Failure to pay past-due child support can result in enforcement penalties
It is often very difficult to modify past-due child support. Depending on your situation, there may be certain options you can pursue, including:
a payment plan with HFS, requiring the parent to pay a certain amount of child support over a certain period to remove the debt owed
both you and the other parent can sign an agreed zero order for past-due child support, which would remove all child support debt owed