Do I Pay Support When Unemployment Runs Out?



My ex quit her 60K job last October because she didn’t want the forty-five minute commute. She has been unemployed ever since. Now that her unemployment benefits are getting ready to run out she has hit me up for support.

Can anything be done considering that she quit?




Consult your state’s laws or guidelines concerning child support calculation.  Many times it is possible to impute income to a parent if they are unemployed, especially if she left her job for no good reason.  Imputing income to a parent does not force that parent to get a job at that level. It merely sets the amount of child support as if the parent were earning that income.  The parent can then decide whether he or she needs additional income.


Erik H. Carter is a Senior Attorney of the Cordell & Cordell, P.C. office in Indianapolis, Indiana as well as the Litigation Manager of both the Indianapolis and Pittsburgh offices. Mr. Carter has practiced since 1993 as an attorney. He is licensed in Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania as well as the Northern District of Indiana and the Southern District of Indiana.

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