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Can Alimony and Child Support be Affected by COVID-19?

On Behalf of | Aug 27, 2020 | Family Law |

If you have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and have questions about paying for child support or alimony, call our family law attorney at the office of Lomurro Munson LLC.

During the coronavirus pandemic, most people’s lives have been changed dramatically. Indeed, the entire world has been disrupted, with many businesses, employers, and local and federal government agencies thinking about what steps to take next.

For those who have been financially affected by the coronavirus, knowing whether or not a court order pertaining to alimony or/and child support is still in effect may be confusing. Here is what you need to know about coronavirus and court-ordered payments:

Do I Still Have to Pay Child Support and Alimony During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

If you are wondering whether or not you are still liable for your court-ordered child support or alimony payments, the answer is a resounding yes. Unless you have received an alternate order, you are still responsible for making your child support payments on time and in full. This is true even if you have been affected by the coronavirus and have lost your job.

Can I Seek a Modification of a Support Order?

The court allows for a person to seek a modification of a child support or spousal support order when there has been a significant change in circumstances. Unfortunately, a temporary change in economic circumstances does not warrant a modification per New Jersey law. Which means that in normal times, a short-term suspension from your job or any other non-permanent financial hardship would not qualify for a modification.

Relief During the Coronavirus Pandemic

While most of the time a temporary change in financial circumstances would not be cause for a modification of a support order, due to the unprecedented nature of the coronavirus pandemic, a family court may be more sympathetic to a payor and may grant relief.

What to Do if You are Unable to Pay Your Child Support or Alimony Obligation Right Now

If you are unable to make your child support or alimony payments during this time, it is not advised to simply stop making your payments – this may have consequences. Instead, make sure that you prioritize making your payments, and call your ex-spouse and let them know what your situation is. Then, immediately reach out to an attorney who can assist you in seeking a support order. At the office of Lomurro Munson LLC, we are providing remote legal services to clients throughout the state.

Call Our New Jersey Family Law Attorneys Today

At the office of Lomurro Munson LLC, our family law attorneys know that this is a complex and confusing time for individuals and families alike. If you have suffered financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and are unsure of your options or what steps to take next, call our experienced NJ family law attorneys for help modifying your child support or alimony payments. You can reach us online or by phone to set up a consultation at your convenience.