Since your divorce, when spousal and child support and custody orders were issued, you have probably experienced some changes in your life. The arrangements and payments may need to change. The important thing is to have the changes approved by the court, or you could be asking for trouble.
Only a significant change will warrant the court’s modification of an order. You must also wait a certain time period after the original order. Unemployment is a change that severely affects one’s income and ability to pay spousal or child support. However, any loss of income will be scrutinized to ensure it is not voluntary. It is your potential to earn income, not necessarily your current status, which controls what you will pay.