Personal Injury Settlements & Dividing Marital Property
In short, yes, an injury settlement can increase child support payments.
In the case of Sommer v. Sommer, 108 Wis. 2d 586, 323 N.W.2d 144 (Ct. App. 1982), a man was injured 11 days into the divorce proceedings. Four months after the finalization of the divorce, he received his settlement. His child support was increased on the grounds that minor children are entitled to enjoy the fruits of any income a parent may obtain as if there were never a divorce. The increase, however, is what is debatable. It would be dependent upon the amount of the settlement, and factored into your lost wages due to the injuries you suffered, your ability to work, and your cost of living, etc. The best possible bet is to consult with a family law attorney immediately to discuss these details and see if there is a possibility of an amicable solution between you and your ex-wife.
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