The loss of a job can come as quite a shock and cause considerable financial concern. If you have recently become unemployed, you might be brainstorming ways you can cut your expenses. Some you might be able to change, and some you might not. When looking at your potential expenses that can be reduced, do not skip your child support payments as a possible option. With the help of a knowledgeable attorney from Blood Law, you might be able to change the amount of child support you owe based on your change in income.
Will Family Courts Consider Child Support Modifications?
When the court orders a parent to pay child support, it is intended to be a permanent order. However, under North Carolina General Statutes (NCGS) § 50-13.7, the law allows room for child support to be modified based on specific circumstances and changes. For this reason, anytime you experience a change in your financial circumstances, or your child’s other parent experiences one, it is always a good idea to speak with a Charlotte child support lawyer.
If you and the other parent can come to a mutual agreement about the child support modifications, you can submit it to the judge. If you cannot reach an agreement, the matter will need to go to court so that the judge can rule on it. You should be prepared to show proof of your unemployment or income changes.
Act Quickly While Continuing To Pay
Until your child support order is modified, you are still legally required to continue paying what you were ordered to pay. As much as possible, keep paying it as not doing so could lead to serious legal consequences no matter your reason for doing so. Keep in mind that, if granted, the modification can be applied retroactively.
As soon as you learn about your unemployment, you should act quickly and reach out to an attorney. Your attorney can advise you as to what your next steps should be, especially if your child’s other parent will not agree to a change in child support. Either way, you will need to file paperwork with the court to get your request granted.
Modify Your Child Support With The Assistance Of An Experienced Charlotte Child Support Law Firm
Losing a job is stressful, as is attempting to get your child support order changed. Turn to an experienced Charlotte child support lawyer at Blood Law to help make this time less stressful. Your attorney will review your circumstances, inform you of your options, assist you in completing the necessary documents, and obtaining the proof you will need. They will do whatever they can to help you get a child support modification as soon as possible.
The Charlotte attorneys at Blood Law have assisted numerous clients in modifying their child support order after the loss of a job. Contact us today to schedule a case review by calling (704) 286-0570 or use our confidential online contact form.