Modify Child Support ASAP!

In Child Custody Issues, Child Support, Strategy Issues on October 13, 2008 at 10:10 am

Saturday I went in to a local store in West Los Angeles and there were almost no shoppers. Normally this store is packed with customers, Saturday it was probably 3 to 1, staff to customers. That’s bad news for many people. I spoke to an employee who said that their hours were being cut back from 40 a week to 16, in 4 hour shifts.


The problem with all of that is the psychic effect it has on people. A job cutback or lay-off makes people scared, and they stop acting. They stop shopping, and more importantly, buying. It puts a freeze on all activity.


I see that same thing in many of my clients who come to me with huge back child support obligations because they were laid off, and rather than go in to the Los Angeles court and seek a modification based on their now non-existent income, they get fearful, and “hope to have  new job soon” that will pay them what they were making. They let their fear rule their actions, and use “hope” to offset the fear, rather than action. This is a huge mistake.


Once you’ve had a major change in your life, you need to address it quickly, particularly with something as gnarly as Child Support. If you’re paying child support, and have a loss in income, you need to take action immediately, unpaid child support obligations add up quickly and will ruin your life. Whether you are in Riverside, Los Angeles, Ventura or Orange county,  or anywhere else in the country you need to file the papers ASAP!


It’s hard for men to admit that they need to reduce their child support when they’ve been laid off. It’s like a double whammy of “I’m not a good employee” and “I’m not a good provider.” But the reality is that sticking your head in the sand in hard times, like now, is not the answer. People could be out of work for a very long time, and avoiding the topic will only make it worse.


File immediately to get an Order to Show Cause on calendar, the reason why is that you’ve at least set a date in the sand for retroactivity to be applied if you end up having to reduce your payments. And if you get a job between now and the date of the hearing, you can always drop the OSC and keep things as they are.

  1. What is “child support”?

    Real child support is looking after your child – by sharing your roof, sharing your meals, sharing love and activities, providing discipline, guidance and attention. Real child support is not a financial payment. Taking away real child support and replacing it with a financial payment is a human rights abuse. Doing it on the massive scale it is done in our family courts is a crime against humanity.
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    For more, check out ex-fathers.blogspot.com

  2. In Alabama, child support is figured using Guidelines set out in legislation. These guidelines can be deviated from for good cause shown and if approved by a Judge, but for the most part, they stick to the formula; it’s pretty cut and dry. This is done not only in the spirit of fairness and equity to keep everyone’s support balanced, but also because of the sheer volume of Domestic cases coming through the Court system. If a Judge had to figure out every situation differently, nothing would ever get done, so they make a set formula to ensure speedy calculation. This is done in numerous other jurisdictions as well. If one is curious about child support in Alabama, there are some up to date Alabama Child Support Calculator (s) out there that will give a pretty close approximation of what your support Order will look like.

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