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Former NFL player Chad Johnson says he can't afford child support

When parents of young children breakup or divorce in Louisiana, one parent may be ordered to pay child support to ensure a couple's child or children receive the financial support they need from both parents.

Child support may be calculated based on the non-custodial parent's income and the amount of time the support-paying parent spends with his or her children. Because income is a major factor when determining child support, modifications may need to be made down the road when one's income increases or decreases drastically.

Recently, former NFL athlete Chad Johnson reported that he can no longer pay the amount of child support that he has been ordered to pay because he currently has no job. Johnson said that he was making $66,000 per month when he was ordered last year to pay $5,420 in child support every month. Now that he is unemployed, he may need to have his payments lowered to better reflect his current income.

Johnson's income has changed drastically since last year. He no longer has a contract with an NFL team and he lost major endorsements after he was arrested for a domestic violence incident last summer. Because of these significant changes, Johnson may have a valid argument to lower his child support payments.

If you are unable to pay child support because of a job loss or other hardship, you will want to make sure you address this issue with an attorney before it gets out of hand. There are consequences for failing to pay child support in Louisiana, but there may also be options available to you to decrease your child support payments while you find a new job or resolve your financial concerns.

If you are concerned that you are not receiving the correct amount of child support that you should be getting to help pay for your child's living expenses, you may want to consult an attorney as well in order to determine whether you should be receiving more in child support. The important thing for parents to remember, whether they are paying or receiving child support, is that they must keep their children's best interests in mind when addressing child support issues.

Source: The Hollywood Gossip, "Chad Johnson: Unemployed, unable to pay child support," May 20, 2013

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