Q: What do I have to do to start collecting child support from my ex who draws a disability check?
A: Its not clear what you mean by "your ex"- if you are divorced, your divorce decree should have addressed the issue of child support, and if he is not paying the child support, you can file a petition for contempt through your divorce lawyer or through the child support enforcement office of your local district attorney ( every county in TN has one). If he is now disabled, the amount of support may have to be adjusted but he still has the obligation to pay whatever was originally set. You should also check with the Social Security office to see if your child is entitled to collect benefits on account of the father's disability.
If you were never married and "ex" means an ex-boyfriend, you can still file a petition for support but part of that process is proving that he is indeed the father. This means that DNA testing may be required. You best bet is to consult an experienced family law attorney asap.
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