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Statute of Limitations on Child Support for Arkansas

Arkansas child support statute of limitations including the civil code, what age paternity must be established and emancipate rules.

Arkansas Age of Majority: when child support payments can be stopped.

18 or when child has graduated from High School, which ever occurs later.

Statutory cite or civil code reference for the age of majority?

ACA 9-14-237

If not addressed in the order, at what age is child support automatically terminated as a matter of State law?

Same as above.

Does the date of the order impact what law is applied?


Does child support end if the child leaves the household but does not emancipate?


Is support ever paid beyond the age of majority?

Yes, if the court order specifically extends the support for a child beyond age 18.

Statute of Limitations to enforce a child support order.

Five years past age 18 for arrears that have not been adjudicated. Adjudications are good for ten years and can be revived every ten years thereafter. If the order is an Arkansas order, any child support arrears by operation of law that have not been reduced to Judgment by the time the last child in the order attains the age of 23, are barred by the Statute of Limitations to enforce a child support order and the debt is uncollectable.

Statute of Limitations to establish paternity:


Is dormancy revival/renewal possible?

Yes, judgments are automatically renewed for ten (10) years everytime there is a payment. If there is no collection made in ten (10) years, renewal is accomplished by judicial process.

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