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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Massachusetts on
Q: The father of my child doesn't pay child support and he is also not on the birth certificate.

He has never met his child and we have had zero contact. I am just curious as to what some of my options might be going forward.

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Jun 21, 2021

You can commence a Paternity action and seek support orders; both parties have the duty to support their child and if there are public benefits involved, the government has the ability to go forward to seek paternity adjudication regardless of whether you are interested in pursuing the matter.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Michigan on
Q: In Michigan I’m delinquent on my child support payments does that affect the court ordered visitation agreement?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jun 21, 2021

No; child support and parenting time are different. You don't get or be denied parenting time due to child support obligations.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Civil Rights for California on
Q: My 6year old child's father has had no contact entire life + no custody order exists. Never married wont give him back

Recently my sons father contacted me for the first time after not having heard a word from him three years and wanted to see my son. Prior to this he had only seen him twice when my son was three and then went to prison for two years. Legal paternity has not been established nor is his name on my... Read more »

Tobie Brina Waxman
Tobie Brina Waxman answered on Jun 20, 2021

You open with saying that no custody orders exist. If no custody orders exist then what the father is doing is not in violation of any court orders. That's why the police can't help you. File a parentage action and ask for sole legal and physical custody. Concurrently with your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Oklahoma on
Q: I'm wanting to know what "cause stricken" means with DHS pursuing a noncustodial parent who has not paid child support.

The noncustodial parent does not have custody and has not paid anything since it was ordered by court during the divorce finalization.

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Jun 19, 2021

Would have to see what you are taking about but, if a hearing for instance was stricken that means basically that the hearing was cancelled.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: Child support termination or reduction

I’ve been paying child support for my 2 children, ages 18 and 21, which one is special needs. My special needs son has recently passed away and my 18 yr old is still in school and working. Am I still obligated to pay the full amount till she is 19 or does my child support automatically reduce to... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 19, 2021

Nothing is automatic. Call a child support lawyer to do a recalculation and reduction.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Q: How long will I be paying child support arrears if child is over the age of 18?

I have 2 children to two women. I am currently just paying arrears in child support because the children are over the age of 18. Does the payments stop over a certain amount of time or will I be paying them until they are fully paid off? This is for the state of West Virginia. I live in Florida.

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Jun 18, 2021

I can only share that in Florida you pay until the balance is paid off.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Nebraska on
Q: Child support case hasn't been reviewed in years. Could back pay be required?

My child support case hasnt been reviewed in many years. If its reviewed, is there a chance of owing retroactive support?

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Jun 18, 2021

There is a chance, although probably very unlikely. The earliest a child support modification becomes effective is generally the month after the action to increase child support was filed. This can be later if the party wasn't served the same month the case was filed. You also aren't... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: hi I was looking for advice on how to handle court and getting custody of 4 minor children back into my custody

they were removed from my care based on lies stated from a officer which I have solid proof that accusations were untrue. The state took emergency custody based off of this lie of a statement. How do I stand up for myself?

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Jun 18, 2021

When a child is removed from a parent due to allegations of abuse or neglect, the parent will be appointed an attorney at the first hearing if they can't afford counsel. If you can't afford an attorney, you should request an attorney appointed and then speak with the attorney about your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Kentucky on
Q: Child support

Can I be ordered to pay child support if I've taken no DNA test or been served with a summons to appear in court? A lady says I'm the dad but never put my name on the birth certificate. She is getting state benefits for the child and listed me as the dad in order to get food stamps. But... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 17, 2021

No. They cannot.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Missouri on
Q: I am paying child support on two children. one of which will turn 21 in February 2022. What happens then?

The 20 year old does not live at home. We have never received any report cards on either child. What is the best approach with this?

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 16, 2021

You will need to request that support be terminated for the eldest child. You can either do that by affidavit or by motion. That would also mean that child support should be recalculated to reflect one child.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for New York on
Q: My spouse refuses to abide by our divorce agreement and pay for what he agreed to pay, what court or recourse do I have.
Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Jun 16, 2021

You can file a violation of support petition in Family Court for spousal and child support or you can file a motion for contempt in Supreme Court.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Colorado on
Q: I received a settlement offer about child support fm my son's father & I don't know if its the best choice or even legal

The settlement offer is for 1/2 the amount he owes claiming he will pay my son and i a lump sum if I cancel the child support order

Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on Jun 16, 2021

Whether you accept it is up to you. You are entitled to the full amount - though not in a lump sum.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Florida on
Q: CS is through IL, we live in FL, it is up for review 1/8/22, but the mother moved to IA. Does CS jurisdiction change?

We live in FL (3 yr) The mother lived in IL. She got a divorce and moved to Dubuque, Iowa. She also was ordered to change her name in her divorce, to her maiden name, her name was H** before her second marriage, but her original maiden name was C**, we aren't sure which name she will legally... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 16, 2021

No, the Florida courts will probably not obtain jurisdiction to modify the Illinois child support judgment. For the Illinois review hearing, you should ask your question in Justia > Ask a Lawyer > Illinois > Family Law.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: can a 25 year old disabled child recieve the back child support payments if they never lived with their parents ?

i'm 25 years old I am disabled and my dad has been in arrears for a while he finally filed taxes after 3 years & notified me that I should be getting a lump sum payment. Is my Biological mother entitled to the funds even though I never lived with her & someone else raised me and is my... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 16, 2021

Whoever had LEGAL custody of you will get the lump sum.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Oklahoma on
Q: i get social security my son gets $900.00 plus $243.00 a month. My reap support is up. 900.00 should pay for the rear. ?

I'm in Oklahoma the law is I do not have to pay 243.00 and the rear should be paid since i have been paying since may 2019. My question is do my son get the SS and child support and l yet have a rear. my rear is about 4,000.00 and going up.

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Jun 15, 2021

It depends on what the court has ordered. If you are not sure just take your court documents to an attorney and they can take a look and explain what you are dealing with. Best of luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: What should my friend do if them and their brother are threatened to get kicked out when they're under 15?

My friend is currently living with their grandmother because their mother is trying to get up and off of her feet and get them a house of their own, but their Grandmother and Grandmother's boyfriend are threatening to kick them out again, and then they'll be back on the streets again.... Read more »

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Jun 15, 2021

Where are the parents?

Report abuse/neglect to DHS.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for New York on
Q: I am paying arrears for child support can I travel to Puerto Rico and I do not have a us passport

My arrears are just over $2500

Howard E. Knispel
Howard E. Knispel answered on Jun 14, 2021

Puerto Rico is in the US. You do not need a passport and you can go.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: How do I file a contempt of court order against the other party? Do I go to the courthouse or can I do it online?
Michael D. Birchmore
Michael D. Birchmore answered on Jun 14, 2021

Your question makes it sound as if you already have the court order. Only Courts (Judges) may sign Orders. Did a judge sign an order for you? I can't think so. If that had happened it would already be filed. So....... you will first need to file an application for citation of contempt and... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: What are my options here regarding child support?

My ex-girlfriend moved back in with her father a few weeks ago and took both our children with her. I have been taking care of her and our children for the past 10 months. She has been threatening to take me to court if I don't agree to pay her $600 in child support. I am currently not... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jun 14, 2021

If she no longer lives with you, you will have to pay something more than nothing. For now, give her at least $300, but you will need to adjust your budget because support will be owed. There is no way for anyone to tell you how much, because it is a mathematical formula that takes into account a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Missouri on
Q: Is child support paid in summer between HS and college if child is over 18?

In MO. Child turns 18 in Nov. of his senior year of high school. Child support must be paid until completion of H.S. Does child support contunue through the summer if he is planning on attending college?

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 14, 2021

In Missouri, if the child plans on attending higher education, support ends at 21 or when they graduate - whichever is earlier.

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