Legislation proposed by state Sen. Kimberly Lightford would allow parents paying child support payments a chance to adjust their payments.

House Bill 4788 would affect non-custodial, child support paying parents, who are low-income of fall below the poverty.

The Department of Children and Family Services, would “under certain circumstances,” adjust child support balances owed to the state for individuals who are “unable to pay, not those that are unwilling to pay.”

In a press release statement, Sen. Lightford said the goal of the legislation is to relieve non-custodial parents of what is largely an un-collectable debt owed to the state. She added that the law would allow parents to focus on making future payments. The law passed through both the house and senate.