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Dealing with job loss and child support amid rough economy

| Jun 13, 2020 | Divorce |

Divorce can be tough on your wallet. But when you lose your job amid separation, that can create extra stress. Fortunately, you’re not alone. According to a recent report, millions of Americans have filed for unemployment within the last few months as the pandemic continues.

While your health and safety are crucial, your income can play a significant role in your settlement, especially when it comes to child support.

Fortunately, if you fell victim to lay-offs, courts may sympathize with you. However, if your employer fired you for illegal behavior or inappropriate misconduct, a judge may not weigh the outcome in your favor.

What should I do to help state my case?

Aside from displaying grit and optimism, you may want to consider these factors when telling the judge about your search:

  • Bring evidence: Whether it’s job applications, interview transcripts or online networking events, you can show you’re making a consistent and diligent effort to find a new role.
  • Avoid going back to school if possible: If your employment prospects look dismal, it may be tempting to go back to school for a new degree or certification. If you go back to school, however, you are still required to give your children the financial backing they need. In some cases, though, you could negotiate with your spouse if you’re struggling to find work and need to switch fields.
  • Try to find a job with similar income: Even if it’s not in the same industry, you may want to narrow your search to similar roles with a comparable salary. No matter what your new level of income is, you may still have to pay the same amount in child support.

Divorce can come with emotional turmoil. And when you lose your income on top of that, it can feel even more devastating. Luckily, there are ways to navigate the uncertainties your situation throws at you and get back on your feet.