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Lights…Camera… CUT: Modifying your child support payments during the WGA Strike

Posted by CTM Legal Group | Jul 19, 2023 | 0 Comments

By Attorney Megan Gayer

On Tuesday May 2, 2023, the Writer's Guild of America (WGA) went on strike over an ongoing labor dispute with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). On July 14, Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), the union that represents working actors, also launched a strike. As a result, there is growing speculation that the combined strikes may continue well into 2024 before a resolution may be reached.   

The ripple effect of this strike has impacted workers across America, including here in Chicago where many productions take place. Chicago-based shows have paused production amidst the current strike, and many workers from unions including the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), have been affected.

If you are experiencing a work strike that affects your income and ability to meet your child support obligations, it is essential to understand the legal options available to address this situation. As outlined in Section 750 ILCS 5/510(a)(1), the Court stipulates that an order for child support may be modified upon a showing of a substantial change in circumstance. This means that the Court may grant a temporary reduction of your child support obligations for a specified period of time. It is important to note that this is not a permanent change, but a change meant to accommodate you during your current situation.   

If you were affected by a change in employment circumstances, it is crucial to promptly discuss with an attorney. In child support proceedings, the court often considers the date of filing as the retroactive date when determining modifications to child support. Therefore, if you are eligible for a modification in child support, it is in your best interest to seek legal advice as soon as possible.

If you are a worker in Illinois that has been affected by the strike and has an ongoing child support obligation, we recommend reaching out to one of the domestic relations attorneys at CTM Legal Group. Their team of knowledgeable family law attorneys can provide the guidance and support you need. 

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