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Child Support Reduction Requests

Child Support Reduction Requests

If you are required to pay court ordered child support you need to take the necessary steps to protect yourself in the event that you suffer a job or partial income loss during this time. We are able to help people try to head off contempt hearings and jail sentences for not being able to keep up with their child support payments during this time.

Even though courts are currently closed, we expect one of the first things to start back up are child support contempt hearings. We’re anticipating seeing many people summoned into these hearings, even those who have been laid off through no fault of their own. Unemployment numbers are now at record highs, and are predicted to be going much, much higher.

If you’re concerned about getting behind during this time it is recommended that you take the steps now to protect yourself. You do not want to risk contempt sanctions, which can include up to 6 months in jail, because you’ve lost your job or income because of the economic crises we’re currently facing.

Here is how we can help:

  1. You can contact our office to request a free consultation with an attorney. We’re currently offering these appointments by telephone.
  2. Once we accept your case, we’ll file a petition with the family court requesting to temporarily or permanently end or reduce your child support obligations.
  3. Filing this petition lets the judge know you are trying to be proactive about your situation. This greatly increases the likelihood that your payments can be retroactively adjusted to the date of filing, saving you potentially thousands of dollars in back-payments plus court fees.
  4. If your job or income loss is only temporary then any reduction in payment obligation also may only be temporary. if you suffer a long-term loss of employment then we can seek permanent relief.

If you are currently under a child support order and can’t make your payments, you do still need to pay what you can afford to. Until the court rules on a reduction request you are still obligated to pay the full amount. Because of this you want to start the reduction process as soon as possible.

Taking proactive legal steps to end or reduce your child support obligation significantly improves your chances at avoiding jail compared to just doing nothing.


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