Q: My ex of 13 yrs and father of 2 children never married. He moved out 2 mo ago.So far hes only given me $50 on groceries
He wants the kids 50% of the time starting aug 1st to avoid child support. I also just lost my job a wk ago. I need help with school uniform, kids shoes, and my daughters braces $100/mo plus groceries for my kiddos. Before we broke up I was the one who always provided for them which is why I decided to kick him out. He makes $16/hr and is temporarily living in a hotel. Can I still get child support?
A: You likely can if you are willing to put in the work. I would recommend visiting https://www.azcourts.gov/selfservicecenter to find the forms and guidance you will need to petition the Court for a child support order if filing in Arizona. If you are filing in California, you will need to look for California resources but the process will be similar. Where you file will depend on where the children reside unless there is a pre-existing order for custody or support. Depending on your income level, you may qualify for a pro bono attorney. You should check into it. Look for either "legal aid" or "legal services" and you should be able to find an agency who offers assistance to low income mothers seeking to obtain or enforce child support orders.
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