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(Child Support) laid off now on unemployment

Does anyone have any idea how child support works if you had a full time job and recieved childsupport but now your childs father is laid off and on unemployment? will i recieve the same amount as before?

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:53 PM on Apr. 30, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • I don't, my ex has been laid off for almost 2 yrs and at first it was 140.00/every 10 days, now it's gone down to 93.00/every 10 days. I'm thankful to get it but he's falling behind on a weekly basis.
    He is ordered to pay 162.50/week, so no, I don't think you will get the full amount.
    (mines on 2 kids btw)

    Answer by MrsLeftlane at 4:09 PM on Apr. 30, 2009

  • here they base it off of the parents incomes so if his income has changed his support should go down. but i think that you have to make the change through the courts.

    Answer by aly38914290 at 4:34 PM on Apr. 30, 2009

  • If he files for a modification then yes it will probably go down, how much depends no how much of a difference there is between what he made before and what he is getting in unemployment. But since your not supposed to totally live off of CS anyway, you should be fine anyway

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:53 PM on Apr. 30, 2009

  • no when his income changes his child support will change too. That goes for both a decrease and an increase. Right now be grateful your getting any cause honestly he has to survive too and you shouldn't be living off your child support. Thats for the child's needs.

    Answer by pagirl71 at 5:18 PM on Apr. 30, 2009

  • It may also depend on your state's laws. Unemployment doesn't mean his financial responsiblity is decreased - it just means he's temporarily unable to pay it with the expectation is that he will find employment again at least at what he was previously making. In our state, child support can be determined using a base of "expected" income if the parent is unemployed. It doesn't change his financial obligation to pay. It will likely mean that a lot of back support will become due once he becomes gainfully employed again.

    Answer by JPsMommy605 at 5:45 PM on Apr. 30, 2009

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