The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to impact virtually every aspect of society, including legal proceedings. As many courts across the country are temporarily closing their doors, delaying trials, or even conducting hearings via video conferencing, people are wondering how the outbreak will affect their ability to resolve their legal matters. For divorced parents, child support issues may be particularly challenging right now, especially in the wake of multiple layoffs and financial instability. Let’s take a look at some of the most common questions pertaining to child custody in Oregon right now so that you can feel more informed about your options and expectations right now.
Question #1: Do I still need to pay child support if I’ve been laid off due to COVID-19?
If there is currently a court order in place, you are still obligated to pay the child support you owe. However, you may be eligible for pursuing a modification that can change the amount you owe to better reflect the changes in your income. If you are receiving unemployment, don’t be surprised if your child support payments are withheld from your unemployment benefits. To learn more about the modification process in Oregon, get in touch with a knowledgeable child support attorney today.
Question #2: Will child support payments be taken out of my federal stimulus payment?
Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, any past-due child support you owe can still be garnished from the stimulus payment before it is deposited into your bank account. So, if you have outstanding child support payments, don’t be surprised if you receive less money than you anticipated from the federal stimulus payment.
Question #3: Will I still receive my child support payments, even if the Child Support Office is temporarily closed?
Yes. Although the physical office locations are closed, staff are still working remotely to ensure that you receive the child support payments you are owed. However, as there are many factors and complications to navigate during this unprecedented time, it may take longer for payments to be processed and delivered to you.
For more information about child support payments in the time of COVID-19, reach out to Lee Tyler Family Law, P.C., at (503) 336-9791 today to speak to a trusted and empathetic family law attorney.