Happy Mother DaughterThe bankruptcy automatic stay usually does not stop child support payments. Section 362 of the bankruptcy code deals with the automatic stay provision. Normally, when someone files a bankruptcy an automatic stay, which is a court order from the federal bankruptcy court, stops or stays all collection activities against the debtor. However , there are a few exceptions to the automatic stay. One of these is the payment of child support, otherwise known as domestic support obligation.

However, if a person is behind on their child support payments, a chapter 13 bankruptcy may be able to help the person become current on the back child support payments  in a repayment plan in the chapter 13  bankruptcy. But a bankruptcy does not stop the obligation to pay child support or alimony.