Q: My ex wants downward modification on child support- feels too much is being taken from his unemployment benefit.
My ex and I have been going back and forth to court in NYS for over 8 years. Last year, a magistrate ordered a 750$ monthly obligation and awarded me 14K in arrears due to non-payment. My ex was found in violation for chronic non-payment of a previous support order, and I was also issued a 5K money judgment. He was also placed on probation in NYS for three years. He did not show up for our court dates in person, or on video conference, and the judge found him in contempt and we defaulted.
I had a privately retained attorney through this process.
Due to the pandemic, he has been collecting unemployment insurance in NYS, and I have been getting around 800$ now.
I have had minimal contact with him as he rarely sees our child.
This weekend he contacted me to let me know he was planning on filing a downward modification because he could not afford to have $800 a month deducted from his benefits. He has moved to Texas (I assume without notifying the probation office)
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