Reduce Your Child Support Debt

What is the Compromise of Arrears Program (COAP)?

It is a debt reduction program for eligible participants with past due child support (also called arrears) owed to the State.

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Child support may be owed to the State government because the minor children received cash aid or were placed in foster care.


If you qualify for COAP, you may pay a reduced amount to satisfy your balance, rather than full amount due.  Any reduction in your arrears will be based on your current income and assets.

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What COAP doesn't do

  • forgive the entire debt
  • change ongoing monthly child support obligations
  • reduce arrears owed to the custodial party
  • reduce spousal support arrears


  • don't stop paying on current child support because you are applying for COAP
  • you must provide complete information and documents with your application
  • be honest on your application



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