When you divorced, you were provided with orders that address your child support obligations, and you have tried to carefully adhere to those orders. As time goes by, however, things change, and if the change you’ve experienced is significant enough, a child support modification may be in order. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that we’re experiencing might certainly qualify as a significant change in circumstances for many. If you need to obtain a child support modification, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced Chicago family law attorney on your side.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in unprecedented ways, and most people did not expect this financial strain. Many, many people have lost their jobs completely – or have been furloughed with no return date in sight. Further, finding a replacement job with current health orders in effect can be challenging. Even with the slow return to a more robust workforce, the financial outlook for many is concerning. If you’ve seen a drastic cut in income as a result of the pandemic, you may be eligible for a child support modification.
In the State of Illinois, there are generally two distinct ways to obtain a modification of court-ordered child support, including:
If your financial situation has been seriously affected by the COVID-19 crisis, you likely have good cause for demonstrating that you’ve undergone a substantial change in circumstances.
There is no specific definition of what constitutes a substantial change in circumstances, and courts consider the matter case by case. When your child support modification request is heard, the judge will take the following into consideration:
The fact is that if you have voluntarily reduced your hours or have taken a pay hit due to lax employment practices, the judge might be less interested in modifying your child support payments than if your income has changed significantly through no fault of your own.
If you need to modify your child support payments as a result of the pandemic – or for any other reason – you need an experienced family law attorney by your side. The legal team at Arami Law in Chicago has extensive experience helping clients like you obtain the child support modifications they need, and we’re also committed to helping you. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.
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