Q: I have a pre-existing support order. I have a full time job and child support is garnished from my check. I just became a volunteer firefighter and now my ex wants to take me to court for more child support. I earn a stipend for volunteering and depending how many calls I respond to, I get a monthly stipend. Sometimes I don’t make any calls because of work.
Can I be forced to pay more child support due to the stipend I make from volunteering?
A: If it’s been more than 3 years since support was set (or last modified) and/or your income (with the stipend) increased more than 15%, then she can most likely get an increase (unless your divorce agreement says otherwise). And yes: a stipend would generally be a form of income. Schedule a consult with a Westchester Child Support attorney for a full assessment.