Bloomberg recently featured an article that discussed the impact of the National Football League (NFL) lockout on, not only the players, but on the women and children who receive support through players’ alimony payments. If the NFL and its players are unable to come to an agreement on a new labor contract, players may be left without work and a paycheck. On average, a player in the NFL earns approximately $1.8 million per year and as many as 80 percent of professional athletes are affected by alimony and child support payments.
According to the article, many players are taking steps to reduce their child support and alimony payments to reflect their potentially lowered income if the league shuts down. An attorney representing several players says the only option available to players is to file for modification requests since many will not be able to meet their obligations. Under the terms of the current labor contract, NFL players will not receive their first paycheck for the 2011 season until September.. The attorney notes that these requests will need to be made ahead of time to guarantee that any income change corresponds with the income cutoff, should it occur.
Child support and maintenance in Illinois can be modified upon a “substantial change in circumstances” that would justify the modification. Typically the court will allow a reduction in payment if the change in circumstances is beyond the control of the party that pays support, such as getting laid off from a job. However, if the party paying support voluntarily acts to reduce their income, such as quitting their job, their modification request will likely be denied.
If you believe you need a modification in your child support or maintenance obligations or are having difficulties obtaining the child or spousal support rightfully due to you, contact the Chicago maintenance attorneys at Nottage and Ward. For over 20 years, our lawyers have exclusively practiced family law, and we can help you understand what legal options are available to you in your specific situation. To learn how we can help you and your children, call 312-332-2915 today.