What Should I do About my Support Order if I am in Jail?

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If you are supposed to pay spousal or partner support and are sent to jail, you may be able to modify the order based upon your current inability to pay due to your lack of income.

  • You should file papers with the court immediately asking for a modification of your support obligation.

NOTE: If you don’t get a court order modifying your support amount, you will not be able to go back later and request it, even if you can prove you were in jail.

To get assistance, you may write to the Family Law Facilitator in the county where your case is filed. To find the Facilitator’s Office in that county, click here. Opens new window


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