March 2017 | 2017 WY 32 (Wyo. 2017)

Rambo v. Rambo (Wyoming 2017)

Unpaid child support becomes a judgment by operation of law on the due date. Unless a specific exemption applies, interest begins to accrue at the statutory rate. In this case, the mother filed an order to show cause alleging father had failed to pay child support. The order provided that father could purge himself of the contempt by making a monthly arrears payment and that because the arrears had not been reduced to judgment, no interest would accrue. The Supreme Court found this was not a correct interpretation of the statute and that unpaid child support is a judgment by operation of law. Interest accrues on the judgment unless it a specific statutory exemption applies.

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