Many people have had their lives turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses remain closed and people are out of work. You may have found yourself with a cut in your salary, or you may have lost your job. In addition to having difficulty paying your bills, you may find yourself unable to make your alimony payments. You may need to meet with an attorney to learn what you can do in this situation.
Be Sure to Communicate with Your Case Worker If You Fall Behind on Your Alimony Payments
It is very important to communicate if you are unable to make your alimony payments. You can call the automated line or email your caseworker directly. You will get a stimulus payment, including $600 for each child. You can use these to help catch up on your alimony payments.
Keep in mind that even though you may be out of work, you can apply for unemployment, and additional money for pandemic emergency compensation is available through March 14, 2021. This might help you continue making your payments on time.
You Are Still Required to Make Your Alimony Payments
Although there is a pandemic and you may have trouble making your payment, you are still required to meet your obligation. When you have an agreement that has been obtained in court, you can’t change it unless you can go into court and show an extreme change in circumstances.
In the case of the COVID-19 pandemic, you will likely be able to meet this burden. If you have lost your job and have a reduced income, you will need to file a motion to modify or reduce your alimony. You need to locate your divorce agreement to see exactly what you need to do. If you need to make changes to it, you should contact an experienced attorney for help.