Modifying Child Support After a Loss of Employment
Being laid off or terminated from a job can have a significant and lasting impact on your finances. It can also restrict your ability to pay court-ordered child support. Thankfully, it may be possible to reduce your obligation amount with a modification to your order for support. Learn more in the following sections, including how a seasoned family law attorney can assist you with the process and improve the outcome of your case.
Are You Eligible for Modification?
Once an order for child support has been entered into the court system, it can be difficult to modify it. That it is why it is so critical that parents attempt to ensure that their original order is based on the most accurate, up-to-date information. However, when circumstances change, a paying parent may be eligible for a modification to their order of support. Examples of such circumstances may include:
- Loss of employment,
- Change to the parenting time agreement,
- Other significant decreases in the paying parent’s income, and
- Significant increases in the receiving parent’s income.
The new child support laws in Illinois may also deem a paying parent eligible for a modification. However, this is not always the case. To determine if your situation may warrant a change to your order of support, contact a seasoned family law attorney.
Understanding the Process
Eligibility does not always translate into an actual modification to one’s child support obligation. Instead, paying parents must go through the legal process, which requires you to first petition the courts. A judge will then examine your financial situation, and the income of the receiving parent to determine if a modification is warranted. Evidence must be supplied, and the numbers must show that a significant change has occurred. Otherwise, the paying parent may have their request for a modification denied. Reduce this risk by ensuring you have a seasoned family law attorney on your side.
Contact Our DuPage County Family Law Attorneys
Hiring an attorney when you are already short on cash may sound counterproductive, but pursuing a modification to your order of support is a complex process. When you add in the risk of a denied request, the assistance of a lawyer becomes the smarter, more economical move. Even more beneficial is an attorney who offers tailored services to suit your needs.
If you have recently experienced a job loss and need assistance with modifying your child support order, Davi Law Group, LLC is the firm to call. Seasoned and committed, our DuPage County family law attorneys make your best interest our top priority. Call 630-580-6373 and schedule your personalized consultation with our offices today.