How do I stop paying my child support after I lost my job? 12 Answers as of June 22, 2015

How do I stop paying or reduce my child support after I lost my job?

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Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Seth L. Reszko
You will have to file a motion to modify (reduce) the child support in the Court that issued the Order. There are forms online at the Family Court's website to assist you. If you don't file the motion, you will still be obligated to pay child support at the same amount regardless of your loss of job or income.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 6/22/2015
Law Offices of Helene Ellenbogen, P.S.H | Helene Ellenbogen
You don't. Every month you don't pay, the debt becomes a judgment. To change the amount of support, you must file a modification.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 6/19/2015
Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock
Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock | Arlene D. Kock
Immediately file and serve a request for order to modify support.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/19/2015
Walpole Law | Robert J. Walpole
Whenever there is a reason to either increase or decrease the sum owed as child support, you would file a motion to modify child support in the court case. Depending upon the reason why you lost your job, etc, you may or may not prevail. If you should find another job paying less etc., the court might grant a reduction. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: Oklahoma
Replied: 6/19/2015
Law Office of Barton R. Resnicoff | Barton R. Resnicoff
You need to file a petition for a reduction of support based upon losing your job. Make sure you can show that it was not your fault you lost your job and you are doing everything in your power to get a new job.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 6/19/2015
    Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC | Richard B. Jacobson
    Most people would file a motion to amend the judgment in the court which granted the divorce. Having a lawyer help is almost always a good idea. The court might reduce your payments; it also might let you hold off of making payments for a period of months, but allow an arrearage to build up, which you will have to catch up on later.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 6/19/2015
    Ezim Law Firm | Dean Esposito
    You have to file a motion for modification of child support. If granted by the court, the reduced amount will be retroactive to the date you filed the motion. However, until the judge grants a reduction, you are still under court order to pay the amount of hold support stated in the judgment.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 6/19/2015
    John Russo | John Russo
    File a motion to modify.
    Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
    Replied: 6/19/2015
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    File for relief with the FOC immediately, the change will NOT be retroactive.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/19/2015
    Diane l. Berger | Diane L. Berger
    You have to either come to an agreement with the custodial parent or file an application with the court.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 6/19/2015
    Law Office of Martin A. Kahan | Martin A. Kahan
    You have to file a request for order re modification of child support.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/19/2015
    Petit & Dommershausen SC
    Petit & Dommershausen SC | Tajara Dommershausen
    You must file a motion to modify support and serve the other party. Then it is up to the court whether your support is reduced.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 6/19/2015
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