What if I Quit My Job?
The court will want to know why you quit your job. If you are voluntarily unemployed or underemployed, the court may continue to calculate your child support obligation based on a determination of potential income. If you quit your job because you have decided to go back to school, the court may find that you are not voluntarily unemployed if your schooling is reasonably intended to result in a degree or certification within a reasonable period of time and it will result in higher income.
If you changed positions but accepted lower pay, the court may also find you are not underemployed if the employment is a good faith career choice that is not intended to deprive a child of support. Although you’re free to quit your job or change employment, child support is likely to stay the same unless the court finds that you are acting reasonably and/or in good faith, depending upon your situation.