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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Maryland on

Q: My son is 18 and just graduated high school. Is my ex obligated to continue to pay child support until he turns 19?

He will turn 19 Dec 13, 2019 so I'm trying to figure out in the State of Maryland does my ex still pay until he turns 19

Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Jun 18, 2019

It ends at 18 OR graduation from high school whichever is later. It does not last until the 19th birthday.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Maryland on

Q: I am separated and moving toward the divorce. I make substantially more money than my ex, but she only works part-time.

We have shared custody 50/50, but the monthly child support I pay is significant. Should this be calculated on her earning potential instead of her actual since she chooses to work part time and is using my child support her?

Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Jun 18, 2019

Child support is based on actual income, not speculation of what someone thinks she could be making.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for North Carolina on

Q: In 2006, my husband obligated to keep a college fund for both of his children. Now his daughter is graduating HS.

She has severed all communication with him. His ex-wife and the daughter chose the school without his knowledge. What is his obligation to pay for college? His ex-wife says it is 70-30. We are willing to pay 50-50 even though there is no relationship. The separation agreement does not state the... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Jun 18, 2019

I can not stress how incredibly not smart (this is the nicest way I can say stupid) it was to contractually obligate himself to pay for any portion of college (or any thing else for that matter that goes beyond required child support). Had he not contracted, he certainly could have paid if he... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Kentucky on

Q: My son father is not letting me speak to my son?

My sons father is not letting me speak to my son when I want to speak to him. He keeps saying I will arrange a time for you to speak to him. I should be able to speak to my son at anytime I want to. He ground him from his phone. The father shuts it off so I can not contact him when I need too. What... Read more »

Timothy Denison answered on Jun 17, 2019

Make a motion to hold him in contempt for interfering with your visitation.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Oklahoma on

Q: In the state of Oklahoma; if a child is not in school due to legal issues, does child support still need to be paid?

What happens if child support is being paid, and the child goes to prison at age 18? He is currently going through a trial and is not supposed to be around other children. By the time the trial ends he will be 18 and in 10th grade.

Melissa Oxford answered on Jun 17, 2019

Child support must be paid until the child turns 18, unless the child has not graduated from high school. If the child has not graduated high school the child support continues until the child has graduated high school or turns 20, whichever occurs first. Please keep in mind mentally and physically... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Family Law and Internet Law for Louisiana on

Q: My ex is posting my child support payment and arrears amount on her social media, is there any action I can take?

My full name is included on the screen shot that she is posting online.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 17, 2019

If it is false information, yes you can take action. If it is accurate, no you can't.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on

Q: I live in Texas with my kids, my kids father filed an allocation of rights from colorado, how do i respond?

I moved in November 2018 to TX, He still resides in Colorado. He filed this allocation of parental rights in Colorado. And, not knowing if I am an actual Texas resident after 7 months, how do igo about responding to this? do i have to file with Colorado? or does Colorado courts not have any rights... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 17, 2019

It will depend on when the children were moved and when the actual filing was made. Consult a Colorado attorney if case is pending there to respond. In general, the jurisidiction of the court is the one where the child has resided 6 months prior to the filing. After discussing this with a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Oregon on

Q: Can my ex get back child support when there has never been a support order. I just heard from her after 10 years.

She left 10 years ago with my 2 kids (one child Im not sure about paternity). I had no idea where she was until yesterday, Now she says she wants support, and that Im going to owe her for the past ten years unless we come to some agreement. We were never married. She is married and living in... Read more »

Joanne Reisman answered on Jun 17, 2019

Generally speaking she would only be able to get child support from the date that you are served with papers to establish child support and going forward. That's what normally happens although there may be some exception that I am not aware of. Since this would likely be handled by the child... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Kentucky on

Q: if a father keeps a job for 90 days in Kentucky is it the law that he has to carry insurance on the child?

He normally doesn’t keep a job for too long that’s why I have put him on my insurance.

Timothy Denison answered on Jun 17, 2019

No. Unless specified otherwise in the case, each parent is responsible for the insurance if reasonably available.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Ohio on

Q: Me and my girlfriend are not married and we having a child together that is unborn yet. We live together.

She wants to apply for Medicare. Is Medicare free. Or is that taken out my paycheck? Like a child support?

Denise Rini Esq answered on Jun 17, 2019

Unless your girlfriend is 65, she is applying for Medicaid, health insurance for families.

Although you reside together, there is a chance that you will have to pay cash medical through a child support order from CSEA.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Family Law and Child Support for Kentucky on

Q: What is state law on back child support after being notified of a child after the age of 4

My brother-in-law was notified of a child that possibly was his after the age of 4 it was ordered to pay child support and back child support from the time the child was born is there a statue of limitation in the state of Kentucky how far back they can go and charge you back child support he... Read more »

Timothy Denison answered on Jun 17, 2019

The petition must’ve been filed before the age of 4 in order to collect back support. Otherwise, it runs from the filing of the petition.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Oklahoma on

Q: My step daughter has 3 kids and filed for divorce. Is parenting class required? What if he won't go? Is she out of luck?

She insists the Judge told her the divorce won't be granted unless they both attend this parenting class. He refuses to go. What remedy does she have to get the divorce finalized and get an order for child support? He gives her no money for the small kids (3 under age 4). She is not working and... Read more »

Hans Otto Lehr answered on Jun 17, 2019

Starting with the divorce questions, yes, attending the Helping Children Cope with Divorce class is mandatory for both parents and is offered at Family and Children's Services. If she is receiving certain types of state services through DHS, she may be able to waive the fee for the class.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Tennessee on

Q: I have an interstate child support order.

I initiated the case in TN as that is where my daughter and I live. Father(NCP) was living in NY state at the time. NY filed the paperwork and ordered him to have employer pay weekly as well as cover daughter with medical insurance. This worked fine until my ex willfully quit his job and moved... Read more »

Leonard Robert Grefseng answered on Jun 17, 2019

Tennessee- they will let New York know to cease efforts and Tennessee will need to send the order to Arkansas for enforcement.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Texas on

Q: My daughters father in TX has been married for 5 years and we dont have a child support order in place. The hearing is

In 2 weeks will they take his wife's income into consideration since the child support order hasn't been agreed upon yet.

Victoria Collins answered on Jun 15, 2019

No, child support is calculated primarily on the parent’s income and does not include his or her spouse’s income.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Louisiana on

Q: What are the requirements to lift a driver's license suspension due to back child support?

I began a new job 4 months ago and child support payments have been taken out of my check for 3 of those months now. Before my new job, I was unemployed and not paying child support which resulted in a DL suspension. Now that I am paying support again will my driver's license suspension be... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 13, 2019

Your arrears need to be paid before license will be reinstated. Then garnishment will only be for ongoing.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Oregon on

Q: I had to pay child support. My child lived with me from age 16 to 18 and I never modified the order. Child is now 21.

I owe arrears child support and I want a credit for the 2 years I had the child. Can I go back and have it changed so my ex has to pay me child support for the 2 years I had my child and was still being charged child support?

Joanne Reisman answered on Jun 13, 2019

You can ask Support Enforcement to give you credit for child support you were paying or would have paid during the time your child lived with you. (You might need to hire an Attorney to help you.) You can't go backward and ask your ex to pay for support for that time period. The best you can do... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Puerto Rico on

Q: Why am I not allowed to explain why I can't pay child support to the judge if I don't have a lawyer present?

I live in Florida a received a summons for non payment of child support. I flew to Puerto Rico to attend court and they would not allow me to speak because I did not have a lawyer. I was immediately arrested, thrown in jail, and told I would stay there until all the child support had been paid.... Read more »

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Jun 13, 2019

Hello and thank you for using JUSTIA. Judges in Puerto Rico do not allow a party to speak in court hearing since you have a constitutional right to not incriminate yourself. Anything you say will be used against you. The law states that failing to comply with a child support court order is contempt... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Puerto Rico on

Q: Is there anything I can do if the mother is asking for a raise for child support?

She has two other kids from different fathers that are not even enrolled in ASUME and do not give her any money.

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Jun 13, 2019

Hello and thank you for using JUSTIA. The only thing you can do and should do is hire an Attorney to defend your rights. The child support process is a very technical forum to handle on your own and can leave you in the dark. An Attorney will assure that a fair child support is set so that you can... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Alabama on

Q: Adultery, Divorce, Custody/Child Support and Alimony

My husband and I have been married for 14 years. Both of us have committed adultery during the marriage but he left me and our son who is now 11 twice during the 14 years. Now we both want divorce and I want alimony due to low finances on my end. He wants joint custody, only so that he doesn't have... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Jun 13, 2019

You have a lot of facts here, and they are all important to the questions you ask. You need an attorney to address these. Go to legal aid, or find the money to hire someone. If he has had sex with you after learning of your infidelity, he can't sue you on grounds of adultery. If he left you for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on

Q: How long does a father pay child support after graduation? Child lives with mother plans to go to attend college.

Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Jun 13, 2019

Child support is payable until the child is 19 years old. If the child is self supporting, then the payor must go to court and show that.

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