Losing a job can be a challenging experience. It can be especially stressful when you have Illinois child support obligations.
Take the right steps to handle the situation if you are struggling to pay court-ordered child support after becoming unemployed.
Communicate right away
As soon as you find out you have lost your job, let the other parent know. Open and honest communication gives you the transparency you need to find a temporary solution. Explain the situation and express your commitment to fulfilling your child support responsibilities once you regain employment.
Request a modification
Illinois allows parents to request a modification of child support orders based on a substantial change in circumstances, such as unemployment. Initiating this process can provide temporary relief. You must provide documentation of your job loss and efforts to secure employment.
Seek employment assistance
Use resources available to unemployed individuals in Illinois. Government agencies, community organizations and workforce development programs can offer support to help you get back on your feet. You can also attend career fairs and explore local employment services.
Maintain a detailed record of your job search efforts. Note the date, time and details of each job application, interview or networking event. It can serve as evidence of your commitment to re-entering the workforce if you seek a child support modification.
The Illinois unemployment rate is about 4.4%, above the current national average. Experiencing job loss while navigating child support obligations can be daunting. Taking proactive steps can help you get through this difficult financial time.