This post originally appeared August 11, 2016 on CreditCards.com as “How delinquent child support affects credit scores”
By Barry Paperno
Dear Speaking of Credit,
How do delinquent child support payments affect credit scores? – Russ
There are three common ways for child support debt to appear on a credit report. Two can affect your credit score and one cannot.
As with any other form of past-due debt, a collection item on a credit report for delinquent child support debt can seriously hurt your credit score. Collections for unpaid child support most often originate with either a state child support enforcement agency or an individual custodial parent turning to a collection agency for help.