Losing your job can drastically reduce your income. As a parent who provides child support, you may wonder if losing your job constitutes grounds to modify your existing support order. Here is what the law says about obtaining child support reductions after job loss and how an Illinois lawyer can help.
Demonstrating a Substantial Change in Circumstances
Under Illinois law, child support can only be modified if there has been a “substantial change in circumstances” since the current support order. Losing your employment or having your hours or wages significantly reduced likely qualifies as a substantial change.
Be prepared to provide proper documentation like termination notices, payroll records, and unemployment determinations to prove your income reduction. The change in income must be large and lasting enough to justify a support modification....