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Can COVID-19 Impact Alimony and Child Support Payments?

Due to the spread of Coronavirus throughout the state of New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy mandated stay-at-home orders for all residents and the closure of all non-essential businesses. As a result of this, people are experiencing significant changes to their everyday lives. This can include job and income loss for many. In a time where you are not supposed to leave home and work is scarce, this can detrimentally impact a family’s financial situation. It is because of this that many parents may have a hard time keeping up with alimony or child support payments. 

When facing these situations, it is important to know that former spouses who are obligated to make these payments must continue to do so as long as the court requires it. Payments should not be terminated without a formal order or agreement from the court. However, former spouses and parents are able to go to the court and request a modification of support payment obligations. This allows changes to be made to an amount or frequency of payments that are owed in support so that it better suits the individual’s new financial situation. The options that are available can vary depending on the individual and their circumstances. It is because of this that it is best to speak with an attorney to understand what steps can be taken. 

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