Do I need to make section 71 payments to my exwife if I have lost my job due to layoff and currently live on unemployment.
This is from my divorce decree: Section 71 payments: In lieu of maintainance and child support consideration, the parties agree that the respondent shall pay to the petitioner Section 71 payments for a period of 10 years. Commencing 12/05 through 7/08 the respondent shall pay $300 per month to the petioner which is when the minor child graduates high school. Commencing 7/08 payments will increase to $500 per month untill a period of 10 full total years has elapsed from the date of this agreement has elapsed and all payments will terminate on 12/2015 with a final payment due that month.
This response is from a NJ not WI lawyer. In general family courts only modify these agreements upon application to the original court which issued the order and a demonstration of change in circumstances. In general family courts do not consider unemployment a sufficient reason for lower or eliminating the obligation. If you stop payments on your own, without a court order, you are subjecting yourself to incarceration.
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