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Court Options Regarding Arrears in Child Welfare Cases

This article provides court options regarding possible court decisions on arrears in Child Welfare deprived cases.

  • The court may choose to reserve the issue of a decision for support for a prior period in any child support order entered during the deprived action. The decision being reserved, addresses all prior time-periods including both public and nonā€public assistance. (The legal term reserve means that a court reserves a point of law by setting it aside for future consideration and allowing the court proceeding to advance as if the question had been resolved, subject to alteration of the judgment in the event the court decides the question differently.)
  • However, when a court elects to enter an order addressing prior periods on its motion, Child Support Services should cooperate and provide necessary information.

See also related CSQuest articles Docketing Child Support Orders in Child Welfare Cases, Survival of Child Support Order after a Deprived Action, Juvenile Court Jurisdiction, and Legal Authority for Assignment and Management of Deprived Cases.