There is a quasi-court mechanism for parents to use when child support payers and payees need help: the Child Support Recovery Unit.
When the payer experiences a substantial change in circumstances (like a pay cut or job loss), it may become necessary for that person to seek a recalculation of the support amount to correspond with the change. CSRU should be the answer. That’s one of its functions — reviewing cases and recalculating child support based on the new income.
However, the other party has the right to stop that process by simply filing through the District Court system for a modification hearing. This takes away CSRU’s ability to adjudicate and drops the file into the painfully slow court system and requires the parties to pay attorneys who have no real interest in the children to “start their meters” at $150 to $400 per hour. Meanwhile, the support amount remains the same.
So the payer, who has already experienced a reduction in income, gets farther behind for the year or more that it takes to get a court date and incurs even more expense retaining counsel. Often the support is changed to the amount CSRU recommended anyway and the kids’ money is wasted.
Let CSRU do its job so the money can flow to the children rather than to lawyers.
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