Title Companies

Frequently Asked Questions

Using the equity in your home, you may be able to either refinance your mortgage or obtain a Home Equity Loan (HEL) or a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) to reduce or pay your child support arrears in full. The interest rates on home loans are typically lower than the 10% interest charged on your support balance.


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No. The lien remains active for as long as the support debt is owed. California laws exempt support judgments from renewal requirements and support judgments and orders remain enforceable until paid in full.

Title and escrow companies might want to conduct a name search more than 10 years back if the client could have a child support obligation. This may help the company avoid overlooking a support lien that is not subject to renewal requirements.


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One of the easiest ways to avoid last minute delay is to ask your client at the beginning of the escrow process whether he or she has a child support case open for enforcement with any child support agency. By finding this out at the beginning of escrow, you can send your request for a demand at the earliest stage of the process.

Another way to find out whether your client has a child support lien is to check your client's credit report. The credit report is typically included in the lender's information that comes over with the other escrow documents. Local child support agencies often report obligors to the major credit reporting agencies.


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Yes! California law provides that when an obligor quitclaims his or her interest in the property to another party, he or she transfers the entire interest including any liens. This means that when the obligor quitclaimed the property interest, the person who obtained title, took it with the recorded support judgment lien.


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Contact Us as soon as you find that there is a lien in place. We can verify if the information concerning the lien is correct or not.


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California child support regulations require us to record a lien against an obligor’s real property. A real property lien prevents an obligor from selling, transferring, or refinancing real property in the county where the lien is recorded until the lien is satisfied. To request a lien release, Contact Us.


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