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Child Support and Job Loss

Making Changes When Life Throws You a Curveball

Job loss is a traumatic experience for any individual. When you are the primary breadwinner and suddenly lose your job, the entire family is affected. This can be especially difficult when you have children and are responsible for paying child support.

If you are recently unemployed, here are some things to know about modifying your child support agreement.

Meeting Obligations

Even if you are unemployed, you are still obligated to make your child support payments on time. If you cannot make a payment, you need to contact Florida's child support enforcement agency as soon as possible. You may be able to modify your payments based on your current income and situation. Job loss can be difficult, but it is important to remember that your child still needs support.


Modification of child support is a process that can happen when there are significant changes in circumstances. One of the primary reasons people seek to modify child support is due to a change in income. If you have lost your job or had a significant decrease in income, you may be eligible for a modification of your child support payments.

The first step is to file a motion with the court. You will need to provide documentation of the change in circumstances, such as a letter from your employer or pay stubs showing a decrease in income. The court will then review the motion and decide whether to modify the child support order.

Working with a Family Law Attorney

If you have lost your job or had a significant decrease in income, you may be wondering what to do about child support. The first step is to contact a family law attorney. They can help you modify your child support to ensure you can meet your obligations while meeting your own needs.

The team at Schipani, Norman & McLain, P.A. is ready to help you seek the modification you need in order to remain on top of your child support obligations. Call us today at (941) 499-8154 or visit us online to get started.