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Will Child Support Change During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Life is changed a great deal for all of us since the beginning of his pandemic. Everything from how we educate our children, go to work, go to church, and even go to the grocery store have all been impacted by changes brought about by the coronavirus. Some of these changes are related to the virus itself add legitimate concerns over an illness. Still, our government has brought other changes in response to fears of flattening the curve and minimizing the exposure of hospitals during this time. Whatever the cause of these changes, it was evident that changes had occurred.

If you are involved in a Texas family law case, then you know that change can sometimes be a jarring thing to experience. I say this because persons going through family law cases are used to living on a fairly set schedule. Whether your family completed their family law case years ago or are just completing yours now, it is part and parcel of a family law case. You cannot make up your changes to a schedule unless you have permission and approval from the other parent.

This is done to prevent families from sliding into situations where children do not have set schedules for consistency and stability. If yours was a divorce that did not involve children and mainly had to do with the division of property and assets, then this blog post probably isn’t for you. The reason is that your life, divided at the property and debts, has more or less taken out of the rhythm of single adulthood. Unless you are paying or receiving spousal maintenance or contractual alimony after the divorce, your life as a divorced man or woman can be live pretty free from constraints play sonnet by play Texas family court.

This is not true for persons and families that have gone through family law cases who have children. If you have children, then you know how difficult and challenging a divorce can be for your family. Dividing up property in a divorce is one thing, but dividing up parenting time with children is entirely different. The inability to spend time with your children whenever you want is probably the most significant change that families experience due to a divorce.

For the most part, after a divorce, families begin to live on a schedule established by their final decree of divorce. Parents have specified periods of possession as laid out in their last orders from the judge. Whether you are the primary conservator of your children or a possessory conservator who has Visitation rights and pays child support, you can come to expect that you will have possession of your children at certain times and for specific periods. This is good for long-term planning and also for the stability of your child’s life.

How do family court orders interact with the age of coronavirus?

Now that we have established that families who have completed divorce cases live under court orders after the divorce, we should talk about the impact of this pandemic on those core quarters. The value of a court order and its effectiveness are measured not during good times but rather during bad times. For example, when your job is going well, and your family is healthy, then getting along with one another, there isn’t much to be said regarding your court orders. Your family follows the orders in exchange for possession of your children at the predetermined times and locations and then moves on with your lives.

What happens when circumstances beyond your control intervene in your lives and begin to wreak havoc with your job, your health, or with anything else related to you and your family? Do the court orders hold up as well during bad times as they did during the good times? That is the subject which I would like to discuss with you today. Specifically, I’m interested in discussing with you what happens with child support during times like these. Does your obligation to pay child support change during the Coronavirus pandemic?

What do you need to know about child support?

Before we jump in and start to discuss child support related to the coronavirus, we should go over what child support is and why it is essential. Child support alert but their chill contributions made by a non-custodial parent to a custodial parent for the benefit of children. Let’s assume that you and your spouse were married for 15 years before getting divorced. In the course of those 15 years, you and your spouse had three kids. Last fall, you filed for divorce from your spouse, and the judge granted that divorce in February of 2020. No more than a month after having your divorce finalized, the coronavirus hit, and everyone’s lives seemed to change dramatically.

In your court orders, you are ordered to pay $1500 per month to your ex-spouse in child support. This $1500 per month is supposed to go towards the care and support of your children.