What happens when you lose your job? Dealing with a workplace injury or job loss can be extremely stressful when you have a family to take care of. Having to deal with court orders for child and spousal support can increase your stress even further. You might feel that your situation is hopeless. Whenever you experience a negative change in your employment status you should talk to a family lawyer. You need to see what can be done both in the short term and long term to better deal with your support obligations.
Child Support Payments: What Happens When You Lose Your Job
If you have been injured on the job and are not able to work, your family lawyer can help you present your case for lowering your short-term or long-term support obligations. This will depend on the severity of your injuries. The court has recognized that personal injury effects a person’s ability to earn income. Family judges have said it is a valid reason for your spousal and or child support to be lowered.
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You will be required to present medical records and information regarding your injury to the family court. You must also show any insurance policies that you may have while you recover from your injuries.
In the event of termination, if you have been let go by an employer who had a valid reason for firing you, you will likely have to find new employment as soon as possible as you are likely not eligible to revise your support amounts. If you were laid off or if you have not been fired for cause then you can raise the issue of unemployment as a reason to lower your support amounts.
Try to Find New Employment
In these cases you will need to show that despite your best efforts to try and find new employment you have been unable to do so. You will also need to show the paperwork related to your termination as well as paperwork that shows whether you have filed for unemployment insurance, or any other government benefits program where you may be receiving monthly payments from.
Have questions about what happens when you lose your job? Whatever your situation might be, you should discuss any potential issues you are facing with your job with a ClearWay Law lawyer so that they can help you to better manage your support obligations.
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The Family Law Industry is Changing
The public is starting to figure out that there are alternatives to family law litigation. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is a fantastic alternative. This includes mediation and arbitration.
ClearWay Law practices primarily in the areas of family lawyer and estate litigation.
ClearWay Law is a proactive and results driven law firm.
Our family lawyers want our clients to have a transformative experience with us, not a transaction one.
We want to help our clients become less burdened. Our family lawyers ask our clients to offload their burden on them.
Our law firm wants to know what is important to our clients.
Client are often coming to our law firm during the biggest crisis in their life. ClearWay Law wants our clients to come out of the divorce experience stronger than when they went in.
We Stand Up to Bullies
We spend a lot of time looking at alternative ways to resolve disputes. Our lawyers are big fans of mediation and arbitration.
Our family lawyers are also billing to stand up to bullies in the family law court room.
We are also seeing changes in law firms offering unbundled services for hourly or flat fee quotes. Some clients prefer hourly, some prefer flat fees. Our family lawyers can offer both.
There is a massive amount of self-represented individuals in family law court. This is a symptom of a broken family law system.
The Toronto Star released an article February 25, 2015. It showed that in Ontario courts, 55% of people are self represented. In Alberta, the rate of self represented are only 14%. This suggests that people are losing faith in the Ontario family law system. Family law firms need to do better.
ClearWay Law was designed to be the change that the family law industry needs.
If you still have questions about what happens when you lose your job, call us toll free at 844-466-6529