Can I show proof of my financial situation to the courts and be granted a relief of my support payments for about 6 months so I can try to become gainfully employed again?

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Can I show proof of my financial situation to the courts and be granted a relief of my support payments for about 6 months so I can try to become gainfully employed again?

I have always payed child support for my daughter and want nothing more than to be able to do so. Over this past year however, I have not been able to make timely payments due to loss of income and having to help care for my mother who is suffering from a rare terminal disease. The payments I have managed to make has either been loaned to me, or by performing odd jobs, whenever one arises.

Asked on December 3, 2012 under Family Law, North Carolina

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MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You are taking responsibility, and that is an important note for the court to review. You should immediately file for a temporary stay or suspension (basically file a request to amend the order) so that you can work out a modified payment plan for a later date. Just make sure you file sooner rather than later because if you are on the receiving end of a contempt order or motion, the court may not look at this as if you are being responsible but rather that you are making excuses.  


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