Child support can be modified in the event there is a substantial change in financial circumstances. With the skyrocketing furloughs and layoffs, many of you can file to modify support.
If you have lost your job and want to reduce the amount of your support payment, you must file a Petition to Modify Support to Reduce with the Court. The date on which you file the Petition will be the date from which support is modifiable.
If you receive support and have lost your job, you will want to file a Petition to Modify Support to Increase your support payment. Again, it is the date on which you file the Petition that will be the date from which support is modifiable.
And, although the Courts continue to be closed generally, anyone can request a modification by logging onto your account in PACSES (Pennsylvania Automated Child Support Enforcement System).
In these terrible times, both the payor and the recipient of support have lost their jobs. It is a no win situation. On the other hand, I have clients who have been furloughed or laid off, but because of the stimulus funds, are actually staying afloat and do not need to file for modification. I hope you are hanging in both financially and emotionally.