Why are Payments so High?

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Why is the amount that I am supposed to pay higher than the monthly spousal or partner support amount that I owe?

There are several reasons why the amount of money you owe each month can be greater than your current monthly spousal or partner support amount.

  • You may owe more because you have fallen behind in paying your support. When you fall behind in your spousal or partner support you will not only have to pay your current amount of support but an additional amount to begin to cover what you were unable to pay in the past. You will be charged 10% interest per year on any support that you did not pay when it was due.

  • In addition, your employer may charge you one dollar every time that the employer takes money from your paycheck to provide support.

These other costs may be added to the amount that you owe each month.

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