How Can My Coronavirus Stimulus Check Be Affected if I’m Going Through a Divorce?

The Coronavirus pandemic has caused financial hardship for many people. It is because of this that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law. This is a $2 trillion stimulus package that is providing relief to people across the country in the form of a one time payment. The amount a person receives is determined by the government based on the adjusted gross income listed on their most recent tax return. Most adults can receive $1200, couples can receive up to $2400, and parents with children under 17 can receive $500 per child. These matters can be confusing confusion for those going through a divorce, which is why it is important to continue reading and contact an experienced New Jersey divorce attorney for assistance. 

If I Have a Pending Divorce Case, Who Gets the Stimulus Check?

Those currently going through a divorce throughout the Coronavirus pandemic not be sure about how they will receive their check. It is important for them to know a couple’s stimulus check goes to the bank account they provided to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on their last tax return. If the couple filed jointly, they may need a divorce attorney to help recover their portion of the check. 

How Can Child Custody or Support Affect the Stimulus Check?

Many people during the Coronavirus outbreak are experiencing significant physical and financial changes that may affect where their stimulus check goes. The person who is listed as head of the household on the couple’s tax return will receive the check for their family. If a couple filed jointly and listed their children as dependents or changed their custody agreement since filing, an attorney may be needed for assistance. 

Federal rules that apply to child support are still in effect during pandemic times. This means child support agencies are required to report all past-due payments. In the event that a parent is not up to date, it is possible that their stimulus check may be intercepted by the state to be used towards their outstanding child support balance.

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We understand that those getting a divorce most likely have several questions regarding the weeks and months to come. Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC is honored to serve the people of New Jersey, including Sparta, Sussex County, Morris County, Passaic County, and Bergen County with the quality legal services they deserve. If you are getting a divorce or have any other questions regarding divorce-related matters, please do not hesitate to contact our firm for a consultation today.