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What can I do if I can no longer afford to pay child support?

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2021 | Family Law |

Child support is important for many in Maryland. A child deserves to be financially supported by both parents. However, sometimes a paying parent may find their financial situation has changed since the initial order was established. The following is a brief overview of child support modifications in Maryland.

Requesting an increase/decrease in child support

Both the receiving parent and the paying parent can request a modification of child support if there was a change in circumstances since the most recent order was entered or three years have passed since the current order was established or last reviewed. A change of circumstance may take the form of a significant change in income, a change in child care costs, a change in health care costs, a change in custody arrangements or a change in the child’s financial needs.

What if I lost my job?

2020 was a difficult year for many employees and some people paying child support may have been laid off. If a parent pays child support and loses their job, if they are receiving unemployment benefits, child support payments can be deducted from these benefits. If they are not receiving unemployment benefits and are unable to quickly secure new employment, they may be able to request a modification of child support. However, it is important to note that until their child support order is modified, they are still obligated for paying child support.

Learn more about child support in Maryland

Child support is important for raising a child in a healthy, happy environment, but sometimes life circumstances make paying for child support difficult. This post is for educational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Those who want more information on child support in Maryland are encouraged to visit our firm’s website to learn more about their rights and options.