A recent issue before the Iowa Court of Appeals was whether a person paying child support can have support reduced because of his/her own illegal actions that ultimately impact his/her pay. In a recent case a father was convicted of driving while intoxicated and his employer then changed his job position to one with a reduced pay. The law in Iowa states that a person cannot voluntarily reduce his/her own income to cause a change in his/her child support obligation. The Court of Appeals, however, pointed out that a change in child support is not always denied when the person paying support has his/her income decreased for this reason. The Court stated that it will look at the intent of the parent to determine whether a reduction should occur.
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