I was recently let go from my job due to no fault of my own. I am currently paying child support for my one son and the child support is court ordered. Now that I have lost my job and have applied for unemployment, can I request that my child support be lowered based on the amount of unemployement I am receiving? I am dilligently looking for another job but cannot afford to pay the amount of child support I was previously paying. I have always paid my child support on time and have never missed a payment. What can I do? Do I need to hire an attorney or can I make this request on my own because of the circumstances? Also, when would I be able to request a child support adjustment? Do I have to wait until I receive unemployment for a certain amount of time before I can request it? Lastly, just as an FYI my son is 16 and lives in NC with his mother and I live and work out of state so he comes to visit me when he wants.
The agreement that we signed and have in place is a Consent order for Child Custody and Child Support that was signed and executed in July 2010.