As the coronavirus rages throughout the country, the economic impacts are being felt by families and workers on every level. Unemployment is spiking, savings are diminishing, and hours are being cut by employers left and right. With so many families’ financial situations changing so rapidly, many families are also experiencing changes to their child support or time sharing situations. A good child custody lawyer in the White Plains or Missisauga area can help parents or partners struggling with their child support situations figure out a new way to approach their time sharing plans. For all types of parenting situations, The Bobb Law Firm PLLC has the expertise and skills to help you navigate your changing financial and parental circumstances.
The first step towards adjusting your child support plans in the face of the pandemic is to make sure that you’re taking advantage of the many financial benefits available to parents and employees right now. Many financial institutions are offering loans, flexible payment plans, and immediate interest and financial relief that will help you refocus funds from other areas towards meeting your child support obligations. If you received a stimulus check or are due to receive one in the next round of government supported financial relief, you can also use this money to help pay in advance of needed child support obligations.
If, however, you feel that your financial situation won’t be improving and you need more immediate aid with your child support, you can apply for a temporary modification to the child support payment order with the help of an experienced child custody lawyer. A temporary modification allows you to reduce your child support payments depending on the length of time you anticipate being in a struggling financial situation. You won’t ever owe back-pay payments on the reduced amount; just once the temporary modification is over, you’ll be asked to move forward with paying your original amount. You can either stipulate to an agreed amount through a settlement with the recipient of the support or request a judge to review your financial situation and approve a reduction for you.
As a parent, spending time with your child is also important. However, the rapidly changing COVID situation often necessitates frequent changes in work schedules or even requires isolation if potential exposures arrive. It’s important to continue communicating with your co-parenting partner in a time sharing situation, especially now. If you anticipate major changes in your time availability, you can ask The Bobb Law Firm PLLC to help you navigate a new either temporary or permanent time sharing modification settlement with your child and other parenting partners. This resource is available with extended options right now during COVID, so experienced attorneys can help you reach a settlement and availability that works best for you.
As the pandemic continues, it’s important to keep both your family and your lawyer apprised of any changes to your financial or health situation, especially as you navigate child support and time sharing obligations. Work with The Bobb Law Firm PLLC to ensure that you’re meeting your needs and the needs of your family with quality care and attention.