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Know when you should file a child support modification petition

We recently discussed some of the changes that are coming with the governor's criminal justice reform bill. If you recall, one of these is that some inmates aren't going to have to pay child support while they are incarcerated. This is something that many people are debating; however, anyone can understand that inmates can't pay child support since they can't hold a gainful job.

We know that this isn't the only time when a parent might have difficulties paying child support. If you have a child support order and find that you can't make the payments, you might be able to have the child support order modified. We can help you learn about this possibility.

A child support modification isn't going to be retroactive, so you should file the modification petition as soon as you know that you will need to change the payments. If you are going to be laid off, for example, you can file when you get the layoff notice. The result might only be a temporary reduction in child support, but even that would likely be better than having to try to avoid your payments going past due.

The loss of a job or a pay cut are two other circumstances that might lead to this petition. If you are facing either of these, you need to make sure that you take steps to ensure that you can survive financially without having to go into arrears. If you do go into arrears, you are facing some potentially serious legal issues that could have been prevented with a successful modification petition.

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