Do I Have to Continue Paying Child Support if I Lost My Job?

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You may be wondering if you are still responsible for paying for child support if you lost your job. Read on to find your answer and reach out to our Memphis, Tennessee family law attorney for any divorce and family needs. We are here to help you no matter what.

If I lost my job, will I still have to pay child support in Tennessee?

Our firm recognizes the stress you may be facing if you have newly lost your job, especially if you have child support obligations. The fact of the matter is, is that you will still be responsible for paying child support unless otherwise stated by a Tennessee Court. Because of this, you may be able to adjust the frequency or quantity of payments under certain circumstances. If you would like to learn more and discuss the particulars of your distinct case, give our skilled family law attorneys a call today.

How can I modify child support?

It is important to keep in mind that it is not always easy to change your child support agreement. This is because child support is calculated carefully. However, there are some examples that can warrant a modification. For the most part, there must be an unexpected and significant change, such as the following:

  • Losing a job
  • Receiving a promotion or getting a higher-paying job
  • Coming into a large inheritance
  • Remarrying
  • Losing a home

It is important to mention that if you have become unemployed because you left your job or you were fired for gross negligence or criminal misconduct, you will most likely not be able to adjust your agreement. If you think you need to change your child support agreement, you will want to reach out to a qualified family law attorney. An attorney will file the motion for modification and then show the court why your modification is required. Give our firm a call today to get started on your case.

How do courts in New York make child support determinations?

Child support is extremely important to the well-being of a child. Because of this, a Tennessee court will take a look at a number of factors that will go into determining the arrangement. Some of these factors include the following:

  • The terms of your child custody agreement
  • The number of children living in your household
  • The age of your children
  • Whether your children will pursue higher education
  • You and your former spouse’s annual income
  • Whether your children have any special needs


If you require strong legal representation for matters of divorce and family law in Memphis or anywhere in Tennessee, contact Rice Law to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys today.