Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Modifying Child Support Orders: A Hypothetical Case Study

May 2021 Bar Bulletin

By Kim Schnuelle

A distraught young woman (Ann) comes into your office. She has been divorced for three years and has three young children. At the time of her divorce, her then husband (John) was working for minimum wage at a local coffee house and, as a result, child support was set very low. Because he was violent to her and the children, a restraining order was entered and she has had minimal contact with him since the divorce was finalized, save exchanges of the children for his limited visitation. Yesterday she received an email out of the blue from his newly estranged girlfriend. The...

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