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Can I Modify my NJ Child Support Payments Due to COVID-19?

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, many states across the country are extending their stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders. This includes New Jersey, where Governor Philip D. Murphy has extended a state-wide shelter-in-place order until further notice. Many residents are experiencing a significant loss in income, reduced work hours, or unemployment due to COVID-19. Because of this, many are asking if they can modify their New Jersey child support order to reflect changes in income resulting from COVID-19.

Child Support Payments and COVID-19

Individuals affected by the Coronavirus are currently still required to pay the full amount specified in their child support order. While in-person cash payments are currently not being accepted, online payment options are available for individuals. Those who are unable to make a child support payment may risk a bench warrant being issued by a family court judge. However, cases regarding the failure to provide child support are currently being reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Can I Adjust Child Support Payments to Reflect my COVID-19 Situation?

Those experiencing a significant change in income due to COVID-19 may wish to consider filing for a child support order modification. There are many factors that New Jersey family courts examine when considering a child support modification request. This includes whether the change in income is significant, permanent, and was unexpected at the time of the original child support order.

Ultimately, New Jersey family courts hold the needs of the child as one of the most important considerations in child support cases. Because of this, child support modification requests are frequently denied. Further, it is the responsibility of the individual requesting a child support modification to demonstrate a change in financial circumstances. This may be established through the use of pay stubs or other financial documents.

Contact a Knowledgeable Child Support Attorney Today

Navigating the child support modification process in New Jersey may quickly become complicated for individuals who may already be in a stressful position. An experienced child support lawyer from Moskowitz Law Group, LLC could guide you through the child support process and help you present the best argument for modification. To speak to a knowledgeable family law attorney, contact us today.

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