Approximately two pay checks ago the Federal Government shutdown because, in a nutshell, Donald J. Trump decided to hold Congress and the American people hostage to a Southern Border wall, between the United States and Mexico, insisting that Congress provide him with billions of dollars through taxpayer funds, to build the wall he had promised during his campaign, and now defying his promise that “Mexico would pay for the wall.” Our representatives in Congress are holding out because they know well that the majority of Americans, their constituents, do not approve of the wall in the first place, and certainly not that we pay for it.
In California and other States child support Court orders are the most important monthly payment a parent must make. Its significance may be said to rise above rent and mortgage in that it’s a Court Order and defying it could land one in jail, not to mention that it pays the supported children’s food and shelter. These orders can be modified when there is a material change in circumstances such as loss of job and no income.
There are so many more questions that arise. How will child support services be dealing with this? I for one plan to call their office to see if any policy has been established with regard to enforcement related issues.
Are the Courts creating policy? What about ongoing cases – where a ruling would be completely different if there was actual income versus no income? What precedent is there for adjudicating situations where people actually have jobs and yet are not being paid? Are people duty bound to leave their Federal job to seek a paying job to comply with the Order. Are you expected to use savings to pay child support? Are you expected to us resources ahead of your own rent and mortgage to pay spousal or child support under these circumstances? The questions go on and on….
So there are many more questions emanating from the Federal shutdown – and this pertains to anyone impacted to the extent that they do not get paid as a result. Lest we forget the ripple effect of communities and small business which also depend on the federal worker feeding our economy.
It is here that I challenge the lawyers out there to offer free – pro bono counsel to Federal workers. Especially as some contentious and vengeful exes may take advantage of this situation in attempts to modify or defy orders.
My advice is not to throw tight money at lawyers – unless you are being threatened or experiencing an uncooperative ex – and to seek (free) lawyer ahead of encountering problems. I also suggest using a third-party neutral mediator to assist in coming up with your own resolution, in a manner that does not negatively impact your legal rights. One could use lawyer advice and separate mediation.
I am offering Federal workers in the Marin County area and their ex-spouse or supported party, impacted by this, a free mediation session – to see if you can reach an agreement to mitigate confusion and uncertainty and to negotiate a plan that works for you during this time. Please reach out and I will provide the terms and constraints of my offer. I am only able to conduct two such mediations per week and so have limited time – and will work this on a first come first serve basis. Contact me at Nathan@privatecourts.com
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