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Can You Modify Child Support Payments if You Are Unemployed?

Many individuals found themselves without work during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are recently unemployed and trying to figure out how to cut expenses, you are not alone. You might be wondering if you are able to modify your child support payments at this time. While you cannot just stop paying child support, you can consider modifying your child support agreement. Today, we go over how to accomplish this with the help of an experienced Charlotte child support attorney.

How Can You Modify Your Child Support Agreement?

Your child support agreement will continue until there has been a change in circumstances that would warrant a modification. For this reason, if you experienced a change in income or any other financial effect, you could request to modify your existing child support agreement.

One way to modify your agreement is to come to an agreement with your co-parent. You can seek out the help of an attorney and/or mediator at this time to help you negotiate fairly. Once you come to a new agreement, you will submit it to court.

If you and your co-parent cannot reach an agreement, the matter will go to court where a judge will rule on it. Be prepared to show evidence of your unemployment, such as bank statements or proof you are not longer employed.

Are You Required to Pay Child Support While Waiting for a Child Support Modification?

You are legally required to pay child support until your child support order has been modified. If you do not adhere to this, you could face serious legal consequences and could be held in contempt of court.

Reasons to Hire a Child Support Lawyer for Assistance

If you can be proactive and hire a child support attorney once you find out about your employment, then you are setting yourself up for success. Your attorney will be able to help you file the appropriate paperwork and protect your interests throughout the process. An attorney can also review your case, tell you which options would work best for you, and obtain necessary proof with you to prove your unemployment.

Do you need help modifying a child support order? Contact our office online or by calling (704) 343-8811 today.