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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Kentucky on
Q: I got behind on child support because I was in jail and also missed the court date for it because I didn't know about it

If I pay the child support office as much as I can to show I'm trying to get caught up, will I still go to jail for being in contempt of court? And if I can somehow pay the whole amount I'm behind could I still go to jail for missing court?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 16, 2021

Get your documentation of incarceration together to show the judge on your court date. Pay as much as you can on the arrearage prior to the court date and you probably will not be incarcerated.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: My ex & his attorney claimed my evidence was useless, what can I do?

I filed a petition to change child custody (my ex has primary, I want 50/50 as circumstances have changed). I provided text message screenshots between the two of us that clearly backed up the claims I was making; however, he and his attorney filed a response that said all the screenshots were... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Oct 15, 2021

Don't worry about the lawyer says. First, anything you add to the petition isn't considered evidence. In court, you present the evidence to the judge. But send clear copies of your evidence to the attorney ahead of time. Let the judge decide if your evidence is usable or not. But you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: Who do I contact for help in a reduction in Lake Charles Louisiana? It's an arrears only not an ongoing case.
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Oct 14, 2021

Google child support lawyer in that parish and look for someone with 10 years of experience.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: Can you ask for Alimony without being married. But have been living together in Colorado for 5 years and have two child?
Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on Oct 14, 2021

If you are common law married you can ask for spousal maintenance, however to be considered common law married, you would have to have held yourselves out at married to others.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Colorado on
Q: What to do when no child support order is in place?

Had a combined family support order ( child support and alimony) in place for the last year. It ended with the September 1st payment. I do not want to fall behind or get ordered to pay back child support. But there is no longer an order in place.

Correct me if I am wrong but without an... Read more »

Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on Oct 14, 2021

It is unusual that a support order would expire before the age of majority. If you do not have a support order and want one, you can file for an allocation of parental responsibilities in court or you can go through Child Support Enforcement to set up an order though an administrative process.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: can i legally adopt a dad

i dont have one mine left for milk

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Oct 13, 2021

What does it mean to leave for milk?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: I was recently subpoenaed as an expert witness (Mental Health Professional) by a client's attorney. Who should pay me?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 13, 2021

Expert witnesses are hired, not subpoenaed. Witnesses who are subpoenaed into court are usually fact witnesses and their compensation is provided by the court and is exceedingly minimal. When you hire an expert to testify on your client's behalf your client generally pays for them and there is... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Child Support, Family Law and Immigration Law for Kentucky on
Q: What can we do if the father of an unborn child does not want to acknowledge the baby?

My friend is pregnant and is a resident of Japan. The father of the baby was in the US Navy and was stationed in Japan but recently got out of the military and is now back in his hometown (Glasgow, Kentucky). He refuses to acknowledge the baby and has since blocked my friend (and her friends) in... Read more »

Kyndra L Mulder
Kyndra L Mulder answered on Oct 13, 2021

Yes. He can be sued for support. By proving paternity the child may also have a claim to United States citizenship.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: In the state of Louisiana what is the maximum they can garnish my SSI benefits for child support arrears

I am $16,800 in arrears on my child support but last year was found to be disabled and now receive Supplemental Social security benefits and it's my only source of income. How much if any can be garnished for my child support obligation? I receive a total of $794

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Oct 12, 2021

25% can be garnished.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: Do I have any paternal rights to my daughter if my name is on her birth certificate, if I am court ordered to pay child

I was not married to her mother when she was born and have been told I have no rights to my daughter because of that. We do not get along very well therefore my parents do majority of communication with the mother to keep the peace and so I can see my kid. I want rights established so I can have a... Read more »

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Oct 12, 2021

File a Petition to Establish Paternity in the County you/the Mother live in. As your name is already on the birth certificate, you should be able to get parenting time through a parenting plan without having to do a DNA test. If you have additional questions, I recommend you speak with a family law... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Wisconsin on
Q: My husband is paying child support for his 19 yo daughter that lives in Puerto Rico. Her mother is receiving the pymts.

My daughter is married, pregnant and she does not live with her mother. Is there a way to stop the payments since my daughter is an independent adult?

Jane E. Probst
Jane E. Probst answered on Oct 11, 2021

It depends on the State in which the child support Order was entered. Each State has different laws as to when a child is deemed emancipated. In Wisconsin, if she is married and pregnant, she is deemed emancipated. He would need to file a Motion to terminate the maintenance.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for North Carolina on
Q: My husbands lawyer requested a discovery. Can I request discovery/interrogatories without a lawyer
David Allan King
David Allan King answered on Oct 10, 2021

Yes, you can send them interrogatories (questions), requests for admission, and requests for production without having a lawyer. Essentially, you are your own lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: Can i ask for child support modification when i retire from govt job of 30 years in MS as my income will be lower?

Will this retirement be considered voluntary if it's for the 30 years which is the benchmark retirement year? I will be 55 years old at that time. I'm also in bad health with multiple issues with my spine and knee and severe anxiety.

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin answered on Oct 8, 2021

Yes, you can ask for a reduction of child support at retirement; however, it will not be rubber stamped. The court will look at several factors while making a decision to grant or deny your request, e.g. your age, your health, the reason for the retirement, your ability pay, whether you can/will... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Kentucky on
Q: Can my husband get away with paying zero child Support?

The divorce has been brewing for quite some time but he knows we couldn’t financially survive. Myself and our 2 kids. He works out of town 5 days a week, leaving me to essentially be a single parent. He’s mentioned numerous times he’s talked to a lawyer who was told he would not have to pay a... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 8, 2021

No. Not unless you let him. Hire a lawyer immediately and file.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Wisconsin on
Q: I am searching for guidance and possible representation regarding my current child support situation.

My Ex has 3 kids under age 18; 1 from previous ex-wife, and 2 with me.

1st kid-he pays child support, order is through Walworth Co. Court.

We then had our child together; [we are unmarried] order was placed for him to pay support to me -also through Walworth Co. We then moved into... Read more »

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards answered on Oct 7, 2021

If you are a aware that father is living with a convicted felon, you are certainly justified to be concerned about your kids being in that environment. Revisiting placement could be an option for you depending on what the current orders are set at. For child support, I would need some additional... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: How can I transfer my ASUME PR case to where I'm leaving now? I'm currently in Elizabeth New Jersey.

My son's father owes a lot of money to child support. I've been leaving in New Jersey for over 3 years and haven't found how can I transfer my case. Please help. Thank You!

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Oct 7, 2021

I am going to presume that you have an existing probation department account elsewhere and your ex was obligated to pay his child support through that account.

Your ex was in arrears on his child support payments and owed you a lot of money.

You then moved to NJ 3 years ago, and...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: Can the courts levy bank account without any notice or warning? Because that’s what they did. $10,000

$20,000 is owed in back child support. The child died two years ago. Today there is levy on bank account and didn’t give a warning or notice or a chance to make a payment.

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Oct 6, 2021

Absolutely. If they provided notice or warning, the funds could be moved. If you have a child support debt, there are numerous ways the State can recover those funds. Draining a bank account is just one.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: I'm not the one with the current boyfriend is and he's paying child support and back child suppprt

However she doesn't work eventhough I got her a job twice at my job and is currently living with us without her child... so he is essentially giving her money for a kid she doesn't live with and on top of that she currently resides In our house

Laura E. Kenney
Laura E. Kenney answered on Oct 6, 2021

In order to guide you in the right direction, I would need a little more information about the child and where they are currently living. Child support can be modified through the Courts with a showing of a substantial change in circumstances. Feel free to reach out to me through my profile for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: If the custodial parent has died, do I still owe arrearges? And who do I owe them to?

After her death I received some legal papers from an attorney explaining that she had passed away and that our minor child wanted to live with his older step brother. Having had no contact or relationship with the child for 16 of his 17 years I consented to his request only to find out later that... Read more »

Anna L Self
Anna L Self answered on Oct 5, 2021

If the custodial parent has died and the child is still a minor then you owe the child support arrears to the person who has guardianship over the child or if the child has received benefits from DHS due to your nonpayment of child support you may owe DHS.

If the child is now an adult and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: I have a sentencing date for child support owed. I have a question regarding that

I am to pay 2500 by October 15th, but can only come up with 1000.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 5, 2021

You’d probably better prepare yourself for some jail time.

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