What if the supporting parent is ill and can't work, or loses his or her job?

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Because child support is vested in the receiving parent immediately when it becomes due, it is essential that a supporting parent immediately seek court intervention in the event of job loss or other situation adversely impacting on ability to pay support. Until a petition to modify or abate child support is filed in court, child support arrearages will accumulate which the court will not have power to erase. After filing of a proper petition, the court has power to abate or reduce the child support on the basis of a change of circumstance.

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