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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Q: In Georgia can the Attorney for Child Support Recovery deny the CP from going before the judge if the CP requests it?

Refiled with Child Support 6/2022...after 5 years of non payment... NCP went into office 11/2022 after multiple attempts to serve at residence and paid 2k and sign continuance for court 1/25/23. NCP did not make any 12/2022 or 1/2023 payment. At the time of this court date NCP has new job of 3... Read more »

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Jan 30, 2023

The attorney for the state represents the child, not the mother. If you did not get an opportunity to speak in Court, the attorney for the state must have thought your testimony wasn't necessary. If you don't like how child support enforcement is seeking to obtain arrears, hire a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Q: What proof do I need to show I have 2 other children I’m obligated to?

I also receive ebt as well as Medicaid for myself and my son as I am low income. How will this affect my ability to pay child support to another child with a different father other than the two I have now.

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Jan 30, 2023

Child support is based on your gross monthly income. If you are unemployed, the court will impute minimum wage and use that as your gross monthly income. Being low income doesn't affect your ability to pay child support, nor does having additional biological children whom you support. Those... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: My 16-year-old daughter wants to be adopted by her stepdad (my husband)

My 16-year-old daughter wants to be adopted by her stepdad (my husband). Her birth father has not paid child support since early 2020, has not seen her since mid-2020 (June or July) and has not contacted her since end of 2020 (December). I have attempted to contact him with no luck in getting... Read more »

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Jan 30, 2023

You can contact the father to see if he will sign paperwork to consent to the adoption. You can also file to terminate his parental rights so the child can be adopted. I would seek an attorney who can assist you, as there are some who dedicate a part of their practice to the field of adoption.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Ex provides health insurance via military benefit. Refuses to pay half of uncovered expenses.

12yo is covered by health insurance by ex. This year we have incurred $400+ uncovered medical bills and she is starting orthodontic treatment soon ~$6800. Ex states the portion his benefits cover (for example, $1700 of braces) count as his payment towards these bills. Insurance does not exceed 5%... Read more »

Shane Michael Oncale
Shane Michael Oncale
answered on Jan 30, 2023

Your order should cover what is to occur with uncovered medical expenses and deductibles. If it does and he is in violation then you can take him to court to hold him in contempt and enforce the provisions. If for some reason there is no such provisions you need to go back to court to have them... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Massachusetts on
Q: My adult child is making 30k a year. I’m my divorce decree full time employment constitutes emancipation. Help

None of my support goes to kid. Wife states kid pays for stuff because she works. Then why am I still paying ???

Brian Waller
Brian Waller
answered on Jan 30, 2023

You can file a Complaint for Modification and ask that your child support be terminated by the court. If you believe it should be terminated, you should file as soon as possible because a judge can only order it to be adjusted retroactively as far back as there is a pending Complaint for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: In New York, how often and under what circumstances can a child support be modified?

I have a child support order which was put into place in 2017 and I've never had the child support modified, but we had a modification in 2021 for the child care (day care, after care, camp) portion of it (not the amount, just how it is to be paid) Magistrate says that is still considered a... Read more »

David Ivan Bliven
David Ivan Bliven
answered on Jan 27, 2023

The statute (FCA 451(3)(b)) simply states child support is modifiable - among other reasons - once every 3 years from when the order was "entered, last modified or adjusted." Implicitly, this means any aspect of the order. This doesn't mean the order from 2021 cannot be adjusted in... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for New York on
Q: In New York, how often and under what circumstances can you modify a child support order?

I have a child support order which was put into place in 2017 and I've never had the child support modified, but we had a modification in 2021 for the child care (day care, after care, camp) portion of it (not the amount, just how it is to be paid) Magistrate says that is still considered a... Read more »

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Jan 27, 2023

Not sure what the question really is. There is no limit on how often a support order can be modified. A child support order may be modified every 3 years or upon a change in the non-custodial parent's income of 15%. Any change to the original order is considered a modification.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Support and Military Law for Georgia on
Q: What documents do I need to file for garnishment for child support through the N/C VA disability compensation in GA?

Our divorce decree states that I can garnish him if he’s one month behind. But now he’s gotten almost 18k behind through child support enforcement within the last 6 years of divorcing. Before I file these documents with the courts, should I close my child support enforcement case or should I... Read more »

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Jan 27, 2023

I would advise you to hire a private attorney who can file an action for contempt for the total amount of the arrears. In that case your attorney can see the arrears as well as attorney's fees, so that the Court may award you the cost of your attorney in your judgment. Once the case is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Maryland on
Q: Can my dad win my custody of me even tho he owes some child support money from previous years?

He has a debt because he had an injury and stop working, that formed into a debt. My mom is trying everything she can to not let me see him and now has an arrest warrant towards him. Since we live in different states if he were to travel to see me he will get arrested. I don’t want to live with... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 27, 2023

If you are a minor child, so you are limited in what you can do. Your father's child support arrearage is not a bar to his having primary residential custody. Judges will start to take into consideration the wishes of the minor child at around age 12, and by 15 or 16, the child's... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Utah on
Q: Ex filed for reduced child support. He was making 88k a year, was fired twice, now makes 44k. Is his potential 88k/yr?

My ex husband just filed for a modification to his child support payment. He will pay nothing after this modification. He has been fired from multiple jobs in the last year. He originally made 88k when we divorced. Can I argue that his potential income is 88k, but that he is trying to earn less to... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Jan 26, 2023

You can and you should argue that he is "willfully underemployed." He will need to explain the reasons for being separated from those jobs. If the Court determines he has the capacity to earn the 88k, they should leave the child support intact.

If you have not retained competent...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Immigration Law, Child Support and Civil Rights for Alabama on
Q: As a 20-year-old Christian, if I am at the age of 20 and the age of majority in Alabama is 19, then what would happen i

As a 20-year-old Christian, if I am at the age of 20 and the age of majority in Alabama is 19, then what would happen if I moved to Mississippi, in which the age of majority is 21? Will I turn back into a boy in that state?

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 26, 2023

The age of majority is governed by the law of the state with the most significant relationship to the contract or transaction in question. Your place of residence at the time of the contract or transaction will be a meaningful contact in that analysis.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Maryland on
Q: My ex has over 24k I. Arrears( childsupport). How to go about getting a judgement. We both reside in maryland .

Also, how to report child support application fraud?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 26, 2023

(1) Take your court order for child support to the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) in the county in Maryland or City of Baltimore where the order was entered, and have them open a case. If the child support order was entered in another state (you list Washngton DC in your question but... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: Hello. Is there a way to block a child support modification since the mother refuses to allow me to see the children.

She requested a child support modification and it had nearly doubled. The mother has not allowed me to see the children nor communicate wirh me. She has left the state twice and I couldn't find them for years so how do I stop or block the child support modification? I have not received... Read more »

Rebecca Pescador
Rebecca Pescador
answered on Jan 25, 2023

The short answer is no, you can't block a child support modification because the other parent is denying you parenting time. Under Colorado law, the beginning and end of what child support and parenting time have to do with each other is in calculating the overnights.

That does not,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Kentucky on
Q: If I win millions on a lottery prize in Kentucky, will that affect my husband's current child support order?

He is not in the arrears and was never married to the mother.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 25, 2023

No. It will not affect his support at all.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for New York on
Q: can a child over the age of 18 receive direct child support payments in new york?

The mother believes the child support money is hers and refuses to give the money to the child to have. The child is 18 years old and is attending college. The child has no job and goes to college outside of the state the child support is issued in. The mother either wants the money or wants to end... Read more »

David Ivan Bliven
David Ivan Bliven
answered on Jan 25, 2023

The answer is yes - so long as the child is no longer residing with the mother. A Child may self-petition for child support pursuant to Family Court Act 422. For a full assessment, schedule a consult with a Bronx Child Support Attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Texas on
Q: Can the judge force me to file for child support if I am in Drug court

The court ordered me to file for child support even after I told them he would hurt me if I did.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 25, 2023

It is common, as a condition of probation, that you would be ordered to support your children. As long as you are able to do so without government assistance or child support from the other parent, it is arguable that ordering you to file for child support exceeds the power of the court.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Probate for Ohio on
Q: If I'm 17 and on probation can I move out of my house if I have a stable place to move to and I stay in school as well?
Roger  Bouchard
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Roger Bouchard
answered on Jan 24, 2023

That is a question for your probation officer.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: I am divorced with 3 kids. I have a demanding job that is causing unneeded stress and am considering a change in jobs.

The new job will be less money. Would that warrant a change in child support?

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Jan 24, 2023

Child support is modifiable, up or down, until the children turn 18. You can change your income as long as you have a valid reason and it the change in income is reasonable. For example, you can't quit your $100K job to take a minimum wage job. Speak with a local family lawyer for more... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for California on
Q: Refers to Family Law - specifically determining child support obligations when parent are not married.

We have been living in San Francisco CA and have been together for 20+ years. We have never married and my partner claims our 2 kids (ages 16 and 10) on her taxes. Of course I want to take care of my kids, but as a bartender, I don't make enough to pay for her rent (which is rent controlled)... Read more »

Tobie Brina Waxman
Tobie Brina Waxman
answered on Jan 24, 2023

child support is calculated using a formula mandated by law. https://childsupport.ca.gov/calculate-child-support/ Usually, with non married co-habitants, there is no obligation to pay "spousal" support. There are certain limited circumstances however, where some manner of support may be ordered.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: My sons and I name pops up whenever our name is searched on google. This case is over 10 plus years old. And would remov

I would like this case removed expeditiously. As I feel it violates my son and I privacy and protection.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Jan 24, 2023

Depending on what type of case it is, there may be avenues to seal the official records. But that doesn't mean that news reports or entries on websites like mugshots.com will disappear. Talk with a lawyer privately.

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