FAQs

Does the lien or abstract ever expire?
No. As long as the support debt is owed the lien or abstract remains active. The California Civil Code exempts support judgments from renewal requirements and the support order or judgment is enforceable until paid in full. Some title and escrow companies have a practice of going back only 10 years on a name search because of renewal requirements. This practice should be avoided when there is a possibility that the client could have a child support obligation because it could result in a child support abstract or lien being overlooked since they are not subject to renewal requirements.
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