New North Dakota Law Ends Child Support Obligations for Inmates with Longer Sentences

The Legislature recently approved the change to prevent the accumulation of past-due child support owed by incarcerated parents

 

NORTH DAKOTA — A new law in North Dakota will end monthly child support obligations of parents sentenced to jail or prison for 180 days or longer.

The Legislature recently approved the change to prevent the accumulation of past-due child support owed by incarcerated parents.

The law allows a child support obligation to be re-established if the jailed parent has over $750 of monthly income from outside sources.

It does not apply to those on work release or probation.

State records show about 330 inmates will have their child support obligations terminated.

The law takes effect January 1.

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