Many different factors can determine how much you may receive in unemployment benefits, including your past earning history. However, many people wonder whether child support will affect the amount they receive each week during a period of unemployment. The following is some brief information regarding the relationship between child support and unemployment benefits.
If you are receiving child support
Many parents wonder whether child support payments received will change the amount of unemployment for which they are approved. Child support is not considered to be income, however, and therefore receiving child support will not affect the amount of your unemployment benefits at all. You can simultaneously receive child support payments and unemployment benefits with no penalties.
If you are paying child support
Unemployment benefits are based on your past income, not on your expenses, so having to pay child support will not increase the amount of your benefits at all. On the contrary, your benefits may be decreased if you are delinquent on any child support payments. If the child support recipient reports a delinquency, the Missouri Division of Child Support Enforcement1 can potentially take up to half of your unemployment benefits to apply toward your amount owed.
Often, unemployment may constitute a significant change in circumstances and you may be able to have your support requirements modified under state law.2 Attorney Kenneth Carp also has extensive family law experience, so you should discuss the impact of child support on your unemployment with him to find out your options.
Contact a qualified St. Louis unemployment attorney as soon as possible for help
Simply because you lose your job does not mean that you will automatically start receiving the full amount of benefits you deserve. Instead, there are many variables that can affect your benefits status and many procedures that must be followed. At the Law Offices of Kenneth P. Carp, we have helped individuals in the St. Louis and St. Charles areas with not only unemployment issues but also family law and other legal issues that may affect your financial situation during a period of unemployment. Call our office today at 636-947-3600 to find out how we can help you. The Law Offices of Kenneth P. Carp are available to take unemployment cases throughout the United States.