Parents Given 30 Days to Pay Child Support

Los Angeles Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner announced an amnesty program Thursday giving parents who have failed to make child support payments 30 days to pay up or face black marks on their credit rating.

Reiner said that parents who are under a court order to pay child support have until Oct. 1 to make good on whatever back payments they owe to the parent who cares for the children.

After that date, the district attorney’s office, through a computer link with TRW, Equifax and Transunion, will report scofflaws to those credit agencies and the failure to pay will appear in credit files being reviewed when the parents apply for loans. The program was established in response to legislation enacted July 1, 1990, allowing California district attorneys to advise credit agencies about delinquent child-support payments.