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Need to move doesn’t erase child support obligation

On Behalf of | Sep 19, 2014 | Child Support

We live in a mobile world. Gone are the days when the normal progression of life was: graduate from school, get a job, get married, have children and settle down for the duration.

No, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the average time a worker stays in a particular job is just over four years. And the bureau reportedly projects that the youngest workers in the force these days are likely to stay in one job for only about two years.

Changes in employment trends aren’t necessarily being matched by changes in the other steps of life’s progression. Couples are still getting married, having children and getting divorced. 

And when career demands or choices lead to a need for a significant relocation, it doesn’t mean that legal obligations under divorce agreements go away.

If your divorce decree obliges you to provide spousal or child support and establishes specific visitation schedules, you have a responsibility to live up to those commitments. If you don’t, you could be held in contempt and be subject to punitive action, including jail.

If your circumstances change significantly and you find you are not in a position to meet your obligations, you need to seek a post-divorce modification through the court. A simple oral agreement with your ex-spouse will not do. And the sooner you initiate the process, the better. It is the only sure way to avoid the possibility of some unwanted enforcement action.

Regardless of the reason you might need to change the terms of your settlement, our firm of support modification attorneys can help.