Can I Stop Paying Child Support or Alimony if My Business Closed Due to the New Coronvirus?

COVID-19 has had an impact on everyone, especially those of us living in the tri-state area. Unfortunately, if you are someone who owns a business, or even are just an employee at one, the virus may have had a direct financial impact on your livelihood. Unfortunately, many highly-valued small business owners across the state have had to temporarily close up shop as a result of being deemed a “non-essential” business. As a result, not only do those hard-working business owners take a hit, but their employees, now laid off, take a hit as well. Furthermore, if you are someone who pays child support or who owes alimony payments, you may find yourself in an even more challenging financial situation, leading you to wonder whether how you’ll get by. Fortunately, our experienced Massachusetts family law attorneys are here to help. Please continue reading to learn more:

Can I stop paying child support and alimony if the new coronavirus closed my business/put my job on hold?

This is a very difficult question, and a sensitive one, too, as the virus has had a serious impact on many of our lives. However, if you are someone who has lost their job or has had their businesses close down and have no significant source of income, you do have options. First, as long as you can prove that you have had a significant change in circumstances, an experienced Massachusetts family law attorney can request a modification to your child support or alimony terms. That being said, if you are capable of negotiating with your spouse, you and your attorney may establish a temporary suspension of payment, or a reduction of your alimony/child support payments during the pandemic by entering into a consent order with your ex-spouse or partner.

If you would like to know more about potentially establishing a temporary suspension or reduction of alimony/child support payments due to COVID-19, speak with our seasoned Massachusetts family law attorneys today. We are ready to help you–all you have to do is ask.

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