Q: My son is in college. Wanted to know how to make a "formal request" for his transcripts/grades.
We need to know what is considered a "formal request" of our son for his college transcripts so we can verify the hours he is taking and the grades he is making meet the guidelines for us to continue to pay child support.
A: There are two things to bring up when responding to this. The first is the literal answer. There is no formal method. You make a paper trail of asking. If you normally correspond by email, then request by email. You can send a certified letter asking for the transcript and grades to the child who is in school and a copy to the other parent. If it's not complied with or requirements not met, then you can file a request to terminate support on those grounds.
The second thing to bring up is the damage this could do to your relationship with your child by demanding information from them. Family law is often not black and white and we have to remind ourselves of the repercussions actions have.
Talk this through with an attorney located in the state where you're ordered to pay to best determine what to do for you.
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