In September of 2005, I went on short term disability and the time I earned $68K/yr at a job of 8 years as a full time employee. I was suffering from mental health issues and my doctor made the decision with me that I should not return to work at that time. So, as per the family medical leave act, my employer let me go once my sort term dis. ended and long term dis. would begin. My employment ended in Feb of 2006. My LTD benefit was no longer approved later that year and my last benefit check was in November of 2006. Since then I have been actively pursuing employment with the intent of returning to my prior career path. In July 07, I picked up some contract work for a position that was different (lower) but in the same field, and this contract ended in Nov.07 but in general I am getting nowhere with my job search. An average of one or two recruiters contact each week promising something and then responding back to me by either (1) telling me I am not qualified, (2) telling me I’m over-qualified, (3) tell me the truth, which is I have a gap in my employment from health issues, or most commonly (4) I simply don’t ever hear back from them again. I am now convinced that my search could take years and will most likely involve me setting my sights a little lower in both position and pay (but still, somehow not be termed “over-qualified”).
Financially, I’m in the most serious danger of losing it all that I have ever faced - a situation that only the truly wealthy could manage. My savings were long gone from the medical bills and my ex-wife filing for full custody two weeks after she learned I was out on short term dis. Both events drained me by $28,000.00. I am now living on my current wife’s income and my retirement, which is also dwindling to nothing real fast. I am now looking for an “any old job” like painting, waiting tables…and plan to spend some time volunteering.
With all that stated, I am soooo broke that I am considering having my CS lowered. We changed the amount one time in the past when the kids were both out of day care and into elementary school…that was not fun. My ex-wife came out swinging again. The amount was lowered appropriately by 30% because no day care means much lower kid-expenses.
I reeeeeeally don’t want this fight again but must do something to stop the financial bleeding. Does the law permit CS be revisited and possibly adjusted given my situation?..knowing two things (1) that I have not willingly chosen to leave my job (“health happens”), and (2) knowing that despite all due diligence on my part to return to my former earning level, my earnest efforts have have been for naught.
If I got a job at StarBucks would my income be imputed to it’s former level and my CS kept at it’s current amount? What proof do I need to show in order to argue this change?
Sorry for the length of my posting, but I needed to make sure the answer I get back is based on the entire situation.
THANKS YOU VERY VERY MUCH in advance!!!