Child Support

Has COVID-19 Affected Child Support or Spousal Support Payments?

With Utah’s stay-at-home order in effect until May 1, the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our lives in a profound way, especially when it comes to work. Many individuals are struggling on a financial level and, unfortunately, it is affecting those who receive or pay child support or spousal support. If you are on the paying end of a support order and are out of work due to the pandemic, you might not be able to fulfill your obligation. If you are a recipient and your former spouse is not making the payments you rely on to care for yourself or your children and you are out of work, this is likely a very tough situation for you.

Even during this trying time, the family law team at Nelson, Taylor & Associates PLLC can provide the legal assistance you need to either enforce a support order or temporarily reduce or pause them until your situation changes and you can resume making payments.

Your Next Steps

One of the first things you should do as a payor or a recipient is to first have a conversation with your former spouse. If you can work out an agreement on a short-term basis, it will save you a lot of unnecessary time and stress. However, even if you can work something out on your own, it is still crucial to contact an attorney who can turn your agreement into an enforceable legal document. Our legal team can provide the assistance you need for this process.

If you and your former spouse do not have an amicable relationship and renegotiating a temporary modification to your support payments is impossible, you can file a petition for modification. Despite court closures, it is still possible for courts to receive filings electronically and court appearances may still be made through video conferences. Whatever your situation may be, our experienced legal team can walk you through it.

Discuss Your Case with Our Knowledgeable Family Law Team Today!

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a myriad of challenges for us as a society and we want you to know that our team is still committed to providing the exceptional guidance you need to overcome any of the legal challenges you encounter during this time, including child support and spousal support. At Nelson, Taylor & Associates PLLC, our experienced family law attorneys will help you navigate the process of modifying your court order, so you can make it through this global crisis.

Call our law office today at (801) 901-7046 to request a free and confidential phone consultation to discuss the details of your case. We are also happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have via email, so do not hesitate to reach out to us.