• Family law attorney explains what happens to a child support order when the paying spouse becomes unemployed. The attorney urges the unemployed spouse to go to court and seek a modification of child support as soon as possible, as it remains his or her obligation to pay the previous support order until a subsequent one is passed. This modified order, however, is only temporary until employment is regained and a new support order is re-issued based on current earnings within what the court deems a reasonable amount of time necessary for re-employment.