Child Support Changes During the COVID-19 Pandemic
It is an understatement to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought hardship for many people and households. Many people were furloughed without pay or lost their jobs completely. Others had to stop working due to the loss of childcare or virtual education. Families with positive virus cases might face overwhelming medical bills. No matter what someone’s specific struggles might entail in 2020, it is all too common for Texans to face financial problems.
When you do not have enough funds to pay your bills, you might not be able to keep up with your child support payments. Stopping payments can lead to serious consequences, so you should discuss your options with a Hurst child support attorney as soon as possible.
Job Loss Does Not Impact Child Support Orders
If you lose your job or experience a significant reduction in income, it does not excuse you from complying with your child support order. The only way to avoid making payments or lower your payments is to obtain a formal order from the court. You should schedule a consultation with a family law attorney immediately if you believe you cannot make your payments.
Seeking Child Support Changes
For the court to grant a modification, you must be able to show a material and substantial change in circumstances.
In many situations, job loss can qualify as a material and substantial change. However, the change should be a permanent one, and in some cases, courts might not issue a modification if the judge believes that you might find new employment soon. In addition, a furlough is a temporary situation, so the court might not grant a permanent change in your support order.
Because obtaining the child support modification you need can be a complicated matter, it is critical to have an experienced child support attorney who knows how to present the strongest case possible to change your payments.
Challenging a Support Modification
Parents who receive child support might depend on those payments more than ever if they have experienced income loss due to COVID-19. If the paying parent is trying to reduce or stop payments, it is important to ensure that you still receive the full amount you deserve based on the circumstances. A child support lawyer can determine whether it is the right move to oppose the modification and can represent your interests before the family court.
Speak with a Tarrant County Child Support Lawyer
Th 2020 pandemic has brought various challenges for all of us, but you do not have to face concerns about child support payments on your own. A child support attorney from Hoppes Law Firm in Hurst can help. We handle cases in Tarrant County, so please do not hesitate to call 817-283-3999 or contact us online today.