Parents who get a new job may weigh several factors before accepting the position — how will this impact the time spent with their kids, what is the commute like, and how much does the job pay? For parents who either pay or receive child support, that last question can equate to changes being made for future financial payments.
If a parent gets a new job, whether they are paying or receiving child support, it is up to one or both parents to notify the courts as any child support payment change does not happen automatically.
What to Do if You are Paying Child Support
If you are the parent paying child support, you should notify the other parent and the court of your new employment. The other parent may then request a modification to the child support order. The court will review the new income information and decide whether or not to modify the child support order.
What to Do if You are Receiving Child Support
If you are the parent receiving child support, you should also notify the other parent and the court about the new job. The other parent may take it upon themselves to ask for a financial modification, especially if your pay significantly increases in your new role. Similar to the above scenario, it is up to the court whether or not the child support order should be modified.
What Happens if You Don't Tell the Other Parent About Your New Job?
If you are the parent who is paying child support and you don't tell your ex about your new job, the other parent may file a contempt of court action against you. This could lead to fines or even jail time. Additionally, the court may order you to pay back child support that was not paid because you failed to disclose your new income.
If you are the parent who is receiving child support and you don't tell your ex about your new job, you may be missing out on additional child support payments (if your new job is a pay cut) or may have to pay your ex back (if your new job is a pay increase).
When to Contact Peterson White, LLP
If you have any questions about how your new job may impact your child support payments, it is vital to speak to an experienced family law attorney in Tennessee. You don’t want to be caught having to make back payments or miss out on receiving further financial assistance. Reach out to the attorneys at Peterson White, LLP to get an honest evaluation of your situation. (855) 919-4124