I Lost My Job And Can’t Pay Child Support — What Are My Options?
The court will sanction an increase, decrease, or cessation in Florida child support payments when illness, job loss, or disability changes the financial situation of a parent. However, in order to avoid legal complications later, it’s essential that you notify the court of your situation and have any modification in child support payments made by the court. The court will look to the date you filed a modification for child support. Therefore, if you believe a modification is needed you should not delay filing your request with the court.
If you enter into an informal agreement with your ex-spouse without involving the court, neither one of you will be protected if legal problems arise later. Additionally, even if you and your ex-spouse get along now, something could change, leaving you exposed to an enforcement proceeding and an order to pay back child support.