When a parent who is paying child support becomes disabled and is unable to work, it not only impacts the disabled parent, but also the parent who is counting on child support to make ends meet and ultimately the child.
Although a disabled parent may not be getting a regular paycheck while they are recovering, it does not relieve them of the obligation to financially support their child. If a parent does become become disabled either temporarily or permanently, they should seek a modification to the child support order to reduce their monthly child support obligation.
Child support will continue to be due in the ordered amount until a modification is approved so it is very important for a disabled parent to seek a modification to the child support order early on so they do not get behind on payments. Although disability insurance is sometimes payable through an employer, it is likely less than a regular paycheck so it will be difficult to keep up without a modification.
It is unlikely a parent will be totally relieved of the obligation to pay child support, however, they may be able to reduce the payment until they are able to return to work. Consulting an experienced family law attorney for help with a modification to an Illinois child support order can help reduce the financial burden for the expected duration of disability.
If you have questions regarding a modification to child support or other family law issues, contact the Law Offices of Schlesinger & Strauss LLC for help today at 847-680-4970.