Child Support Modifications and COVID-19

Transcript "Hi, I'm Duane Coker, Attorney and Founding Shareholder at Coker, Robb & Cannon, Family Lawyers. One of the issues that we've been dealing with most often since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis is working with clients who are no longer able to pay their child support or pay the amount of child support that they were paying prior to the crisis. Many of our clients and people with whom we've consulted are in the service industry or are professional musicians and, even as late as this past week, many of them have no idea when they'll be returning to work. Lost jobs and reduced hours simply make it impossible to meet their court-ordered support obligation. There are several important points to be aware of if you are currently under an order to pay child support and you are unable to comply with the terms of that order. 1. File Now! First, if you have lost your job or your income has significantly been reduced because of the Covid-19 crisis, it's important to file for a reduction now. Do not wait. Under the Texas Family Code – the code that the courts operate under when deciding family law matters – the Court can only reduce your child support back to the date that you file and ask for the reduction and then serve that request on the other parent. This is super important. While the Court may not hear your case for several months, the Court does have the ability to retroactively reduce or eliminate some or all of the obligation you are under; however, i