At the beginning of February, unemployment in the United States had reached
a 50-year low. Wage growth was strong, the U.S. economic picture was robust
and small business owners were optimistic about the future. Then, the
novel coronavirus arrived in the U.S. and the economy changed in the blink
of an eye.
While millions of Americans have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus
(COVID-19), those who work in dining, retail, travel, tourism, entertainment,
transportation, and salon services have been said to be hit the hardest.
Every day of the quarantine, the risk of families and businesses large
and small suffering increases. As noncustodial parents go longer and longer
without a paycheck, skipping child support payments due to lack of funds
becomes more real.
Paying for Basic Necessities
For those parents who have been financially affected by COVID-19, as their
funds run out, some will stop paying their credit cards, medical bills,
and other non-essential expenses that don’t keep a roof over their
heads, food on the table, and gas in the car.
Child support may be the first or the last to go unpaid, but since it isn’t essential
to the paying parent’s survival, it may be one of the big obligations
on the chopping block.
If you’re a noncustodial parent who has been directly impacted by
the coronavirus, it’s important that you know that you can’t
just stop paying because you’re out of work or your hours have been
drastically cut. If you skip payments, the local child support agency
will use a variety of enforcement measures, including
driver’s license suspension, tax refund intercept, bank account seizures, and U.S. passport denial
to collect, and that’s only the beginning.
What Solution Do You Have?
If you can’t afford your child support payments due to the coronavirus,
contact our firm for help with a downward modification. Child support
is NOT retroactive, so until a court changes your order, your child support
arrears will continue to accrue. They cannot be reduced or adjusted from
the day you lost your job or experienced the change in circumstances.
To learn more, we invite you to
contact our firm to schedule a
free case evaluation.