There are a number of things that your wage will go to each week – food, rent, bills, and entertainment and, if you are required to, you may also need to pay child support out of your weekly income. Child support is something that cannot be negotiated and if you simply ‘forget’ to pay you could be faced with serious repercussions. However what happens if you are injured on the job and are therefore not making an income anymore? You are still required to pay child support but how can this be possible without workers’ comp benefits?
The good news is that, through worker’s compensation, you will still be able to pay your child support. However, you may be looking at less each month than before. Child support is normally taken on an individual’s gross income. Workers’ compensation benefits will usually pay for lost wages but this is usually not your full paycheck each week but rather 75 percent of it. Thus, your child support payments may be less during the time that you are off on worker’s compensation.
Just because you are injured doesn’t mean you can abandon your legal requirements to pay child support. What you need to do is speak to a worker’s compensation attorney about modifying the payments during this time. How much you are required to pay will all depend on the type of benefits you are on such as:
- Temporary Total Disability (TTD) benefits
- Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) benefits
- Permanent Total Disability (PTD) benefits
In some instances the amount of child support may be suspended for a certain period of time, depending on the injury or illness. Speaking to a Minnesota worker’s compensation attorney about your benefits and child support is the best way to ensure you are keeping up with your legal responsibilities to your children.
What If I Owe Past-Due Child Support Payments?
If you owe past child support payments then you could be looking at a whole separate issue. There are instances where you may have to give up a certain amount of your settlement or workers compensation benefits in order to pay for the child support that is outstanding. This can make it difficult for you to move on, recover and live. Again, this will depend on the type of disability you are on and whether you have outstanding child support payments to be made.
There is enough tension and confusion surrounding worker’s compensation benefits without complicating the equation with child support issues. Finding that balance between ensuring you receive the workers’ compensation benefits to which you are entitled, while assuring you are meeting your child support obligations can be difficult. If you are confused about what this injury means for you, then don’t hesitate to call our legal support team for help.
Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Failure to pay child support is a serious issue but there are many complications surrounding a work related injury and your required child support payments. It is best to speak to someone that understands the legal requirements and can help you do the right thing. If you have works related injury or illness and are confused about your compensation benefits and how this impacts your child support payment, then contact the Law Firm of Heimerl & Lammers at (612) 294-2200 or (651) 777-1811 to speak to a MN workers comp attorney free of charge.