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Does a Parent Have to Pay Child Support if He or She Loses Their Job During this Crisis?

Lindsey Obenhaus | May 14, 2020

In this video, Dallas attorney, Lindsey Obenhaus explains how if a parent loses his or her job and is unable to pay child support, the child support obligation still continues until such time as that parent has filed a petition to modify child support and a judge has ruled on the issue. The filing of a modification is the date that a court may consider for modifying support, so it is imperative that a parent file as soon as possible after losing his or her job.  However, even after the petition is filed, the obligation to pay continues until a court makes a ruling, which may be some time from the initial filing. During this in between period, a parent should continue to pay child support, or at the very least, as much as possible, to avoid an enforcement order after the Courts reopen and address this issue.

Lindsey answers more questions regarding child support and financial hardship during the time of COVID-19 in her blog, Job Loss & Child Support During COVID.

If you have any questions regarding job loss and child support, please contact Lindsey Obenhaus at 214-373-7676.

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