Two big changes could be coming to child support laws

    11:58 PM, Feb 14, 2013   |    comments
    Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Changes are coming to child support laws in Arkansas as two separate pieces of legislation move forward at the State Capitol.

    If one of the bills makes it through to the end, non-custodial parents will be mandated to pay all past due child support, regardless of the child's age. That's the bill that was just approved by the judiciary committee Thursday.

    A second bill was proposed that would increase the amount of money it could garnish from paychecks to pay past-due child support from 20 to 25 percent, but that bill has been delayed.

    State Representative Robert Dale, R-Dover, said it's a little step in a big pond but stressed that there is more discussion needed on that bill.

    "The committee was worried about the hardship you might place on the guy that was paying. That you might even put him in a helpless situation, not being able to meet any of it, which would be even worse," explained Rep. Dale. "And, I agree with that. So we're just going to have to back off, look at it and see what we need to do."

    Representative Dale said the goal is to help the people of Arkansas and not to have unintended consequences by increasing the past-due payments.

    Again, the bill that passed the judiciary committee will simply mandate that all non-custodial parents pay past due child support, and with that bill, regardless of time passing, the child support will still be required to be paid in full.

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