When an economy turns bad and people suffer on both a collective and an individual level, this type of a financial reality can hit home in many different ways. This includes the system of laws regarding divorce, spousal support and child support. Several different jurisdictions are beginning to review the guidelines regarding support that have been in place for years if not decades, and New Jersey is the latest jurisdiction that is beginning to think about these sorts of changes.
Specifically, a bill has been introduced in the state legislature that would provide for former spouses who are paying spousal and/or child support to be able to make a motion in court to have those support orders modified when a justifiable and substantial change in circumstances can be shown. While this is already the unwritten norm in the state, lawmakers are concerned that many judges simply ‘rubber stamp’ denials of these motions and this bill would require a thorough review of the situation.
In addition to the proposed bill regarding changes to child support and spousal support modifications, the legislature there is also in the beginning stages of putting together a committee that would review all of the different family-related laws as they relate to payments and other realities that arise after a divorce is completed. While the economy is stated as one reason for these steps, some are also citing the changing reality regarding women in the workplace.
San Diego Child Support Lawyers
In California, a former spouse who is required to pay support can also make a motion to the court to have child support and/or spousal support modified, but too often someone who encounters financial problems will not take this step and will fall into arrears. Unfortunately, this course of action can and often does lead to serious financial and legal consequences.
If you are facing the possibility of having problems with support payments of any type, you need to seek the help of San Diego child support lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of fathers for many years. Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.