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Derek Fisher has judge sign off on child support modification

To many Pennsylvania parents who have gone through a divorce, child support is a necessity. There are some instances where a noncustodial parent is not able to comply with the child support orders set by the court, such as the loss of a job and therefore income. Former NBA player and coach, Derek Fisher has requested and received a reduction in child and spousal support.

The divorce between Fisher and his wife, Candace was official 16 months ago. The presiding judge ordered Fisher to pay $15,000 each month for their twin boys, 9 years of age. His wife was to receive $109,000 per month in spousal support.

After nearly a year of payments, Fisher was able to convince his wife and the judge to modify his monthly support because he was no longer coaching and did not make the salary he once enjoyed. As of July 1, he was no longer obligated to pay Candace anything. After that date, however, their lawyers were to meet once again to prepare an adjusted support agreement, should Fisher land another position.

The amount of child support a noncustodial parent in Pennsylvania pays will depend on several factors, including the income of both parents. Should a parent lose his or her job, the amount of unemployment may be considered by the court. Should one attempt to avoid payments by deliberate unemployment, the court will likely not take kindly to that approach. For a comprehensive assessment of a particular situation, an attorney who focuses on family law can help find a resolution designed to be fair and meet the needs of the client.

Source: totalprosports.com, “Derek Fisher Gets His Child & Spousal Support Reduced From $124K a Month To $0“, Darrelle Lincoln, Sept. 11, 2017

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