Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary

Legal Dictionary Home

Arrearages
Overdue alimony or child support payments. Child support arrearages can't be discharged in bankruptcy, and courts usually will not retroactively cancel them. A spouse or parent who falls on tough times and is unable to make payments should request a temporary modification of the payments before the arrearages build up.
LA-NOLO1:LEADS.1.1.0.1.20150716.32264+