Case Study: Change of circumstances

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Facts: Charlie paid $2000 a month for child support and add-ons as ordered in the divorce judgment. Then he lost his job and found a new job paying less money. Charlie felt that he could no longer pay the stipulated amount.

Action: Action: His wife brought an enforcement action to collect what was owed to her under the divorce judgment.Charlie separately filed a petition to reduce his child support.

Result: The court agreed to reduce Charlie’s child support obligations starting from the date he filed the petition because he showed that he didn’t take his new lower paying job to avoid his child support responsibilities.

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