Louisiana Unemployment & Child Support Payments Lawyer
Child support payments must be paid in full every month to ensure that the child or children are having their needs met. If the amount of child support needs to be altered, it is important that this be handled along the proper legal channels. Even if you come to an informal agreement with the child's other parent, you could still be held liable for additional support and held in contempt if the court-ordered support is not paid.
At the Lafayette offices of Charley Hutchens, Professional Law Corporation, we provide qualified representation to clients in initial child support cases and the modification of standing child support orders. As a dedicated family law firm, we understand the importance of seeking a resolution that is in your family's best interests today and going forward into the future.
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In today's economy, many individuals are facing job loss and the loss of their income. When this happens, people are struggling to pay bills and keep their homes, child support may not be the first of their list of payments to make. While understandable, it is important that individuals stay current with child support payments or seek a modification to the child support order that was established by the courts.
Unemployment or the loss of a job is considered a drastic change in circumstances, allowing you to seek the decrease in the amount and/or frequency of child support payments. Since this is a situation that is largely beyond a parent's control the courts generally feel that the parent should not be punished by being forced to continue to pay an amount that he or she cannot afford.
However, once the unemployed parent has regained steady employment, it is important that another modification be made to increase the amount of child support back to the amount that had originally been ordered. In some cases, the amount may be more after a parent is re-employed, as he or she may be getting paid more.
Once you are again employed, the child's custodial parent has the right to seek additional support on behalf of the child.
If you are struggling to pay child support payments since the loss of your job, let us help you seek a modification to your child support order. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our Lafayette offices. All major credit cards are accepted.
Charley Hutchens, Professional Law Corporation
1704 W University Ave
Lafayette, LA 70506
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