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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Maryland on
Q: I have a child support order (never married to my child's mother) and am currently in arrears for court ordered

expenses apparently incurred 11 years ago. Is the statute of limitations to reduce the arrears to a judgment 12 years or is it 3 years like a contempt action?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jul 2, 2022

12 years for a court order/judgment.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Maryland on
Q: I recently discovered I have a son. I would like to establish a relationship and be on the birth certificate.

I recently discovered through a DNA test that I have a son. His mother was married at the time to a real jerk of a man but was afraid to get a divorce. She told me she got an abortion and we broke things off. I lived the last 14 years not knowing she went ahead with the birth. My son was born in... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jul 2, 2022

You can file a petition to establish paternity. You say you're doing this for your son, but are you are really doing this for yourself? Your son has no idea that you exist or that the man he knows as his father is not his biological father. Have you considered the potential harm and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: Do i need to reimburse her for an allergist even though she didn’t consult with me?

We are joint managing conservators. I'm the non-custodial, but I had no idea that she would take my daughter to an allergy specialist and begin treatment without consulting with me. Now she is asking for half the cost, but i would like to get a second opinion. How Does that work?

Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Jul 1, 2022

Usually . The order has both parents paying half. Read your order .

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Kentucky on
Q: I am pregnant with my ex bf’s child but I am now legally married to someone else. what are my ex’s parental rights?

I live in kentucky.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jul 1, 2022

If paternity is established, your ex bf has the same rights, responsibilities and obligations as any other father in Krntucky.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: Will a judge take normal child support and leave a father in homeless?

I'm struggling with my own self because of what my in-laws and wife has done. I'm trying to pick up the pieces they left behind. I'm trying to do that, support my son and make a life for us. If I get hit with what is normal on child support I'll be literally on the streets.

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Jul 1, 2022

Judges tend to place child support as priority number 1 as far as "creditors" go. I've been in front of judges that have told litigants to forego utility bills, credit cards, etc., to make their child support payments first because failure to do so could land you in jail.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Texas on
Q: Serving texas subpoena on a GA based company by serving it's registered agent in texas.

I have an enforcement action against my Ex in Texas court. My ex lies to court that he earns just $40,000 per year but I know he gets over $150,000 per year.

I want to secure payment records via subpoena from his work place to prove to court.

My ex works at newell company in GA.... Read more »

Rafee'a S. Majeed
Rafee'a S. Majeed
answered on Jun 30, 2022

Are you serving a Motion for Enforcement? Or a subpoena? Those are two different documents

If you are serving a Motion for Enforcement and if your ex is an employee of the company in Georgia, you cannot serve a Motion for Enforcement for your ex, by serving the company that they work for or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Kentucky on
Q: My sons father owes $15k of child support.I currently live in KY and he lives in Puerto Rico how can i file a complaint?

For non payment

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jun 30, 2022

Go to the county attorney for your county and ask them to enforce the child support order against him, although it may be difficult with him in Puerto Rico.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for California on
Q: Is there a lawyer that can help fix this ?

After I left my ex and I took the kids with me. Child support started taking my income . I didn’t know she was collecting welfare while we were living together . So I filed to cancel order due to lack of notice and fraud and motion was granted. She moved and started collecting welfare in another... Read more »

Tobie Brina Waxman
Tobie Brina Waxman
answered on Jun 30, 2022

You need to file a motion with the court (child support court/superior court??) and have an actual hearing, rather than contacting case workers and waiting for them to take appropriate action. While the children are in your custody, you should not be obligated to pay child support. The trial... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: I received a copy of a Motion to Set and Certificate of Readiness. Do I need to file a response?

I do not agree with what is stated in this motion, I am not ready & I cannot afford legal counsel.

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Jun 30, 2022

Yes. If you do not respond, the Court can set the matter for trial whether you are ready or not.

Do an internet search for "Arizona legal self-help." There are resources that may assist you in responding.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Family Law, Child Support and Probate for Florida on
Q: How do I put a lien against my ex's grandmother's will?

She recently passed away and he is getting an inherent.He owes me 16yrs of back child support.

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
answered on Jun 30, 2022

You don't. You hire an attorney, asap.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: Info on how to defend myself against child support when being put into a situation by my wife and in-laws

My wife has taken my child from me before. This time after we got back together and moving to TN because she hated Wisconsin. She and her Mother-in-law left me with a debt that include my Mother-in-law not paying for her husband's and her cell phone in a attempt to take me out the picture.... Read more »

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Jun 30, 2022

Child support is determined by income of the parents with certain deductions for insurance, day care, and medical costs. This calculation is then made on the guidelines in accordance with the custody schedule. Having "debt" is not going to factor much, if at all. You would be wise to hire... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Kentucky on
Q: If a custodial parent waives back child support arrears can they later add them back to what the other parent owes
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jun 29, 2022

The custodial parent theoretically has no right to waive support owed to the minor and the prevailing thought is no. However, if that agreement to waive is reached snd not challenged, it might stand up for other reasons.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Mississippi on
Q: It’s been a year and state child support office isn’t making my kids father pay full amount that’s court ordered?

I hired a private lawyer in 2020. July 2021 our court order was signed by my childrens father. His payments are suppose to come out his check through the state from his job. But it’s been one whole year and the payments are still not right. I have been to the child support office almost every... Read more »

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jun 28, 2022

You would probably do better to take all of your paperwork to a private attorney and let him/her review it. The private attorney will be better able to spend the time on trying to determine what is going on with your case. If the court order states a specific amount each month for current support,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: the respondent filed a counter petition but have yet to serve me. what can i do

I filed a petition in Tarrant County to have my case moved to Collin County (where the kids and I reside) and to modify the order. My ex husband filed his own petition 6/14 without actually answering mine. I was informed that I can not move forward until I am served or I should reach out to his... Read more »

Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Jun 28, 2022

Look in your county and see if there are volunteer lawyers. If you don't have a lawyer I would wait until you are served,

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: Can I ask my child’s father have to pay my attorney fees since I have to take him to court for non payment

My child’s father has not paid his court ordered child support in almost 5 years, the state of Tennessee tells me to get a lawyer bc we have a parenting plan which states the father is to pay 200 a month for the child. Has not paid in almost 5 years, I don’t have money to be paying for a... Read more »

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Jun 28, 2022

As the other answer says, you can seek attorney's fees. These are authorized by statute, including civil or criminal contempt. However, if you are awarded fees, it's just a judgment like anything else. He may not have the ability to pay and you may not be able to collect. You would still... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: Can I ask my child’s father have to pay my attorney fees since I have to take him to court for non payment

My child’s father has not paid his court ordered child support in almost 5 years, the state of Tennessee tells me to get a lawyer bc we have a parenting plan which states the father is to pay 200 a month for the child. Has not paid in almost 5 years, I don’t have money to be paying for a... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jun 28, 2022

By Statute they are authorized. The Court may or may not grant the fees, for which you have to put on some proof. Also you may not collect, or get paid in full.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: I am pro se in a child custody case, I don't know what paperwork I need to fill out as I am up against an actual lawyer.

Though I am getting my paralegal degree, I haven't reached family law and I'm scared I am going to lose my case and be placed on child support, and even lose my rights to my daughter. I am reaching out because I need help I'm just a full-time paralegal student mom and cashier who is... Read more »

Mr.  Joseph Lafayette Gufford III
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Mr. Joseph Lafayette Gufford III
answered on Jun 28, 2022

You should go to the family law forms website and almost everything is there.

https://www.flcourts.org/Resources-Services/Office-of-Family-Courts/Family-Courts/Family-Law-Forms?parentId=669505&sort=form/number%20asc,%20form/date%20desc&view=embed_custom&searchtype=form&limit=50&query=&offset=0

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for New York on
Q: My support is reduced each month by $25 to cover the wire fees. Is this permissable?

We live in New York City. If not stipulated in the agreement is the father allowed to reduce the support for any reason?

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Jun 27, 2022

If there is no provision in the order to reduce the support to cover this fee and you never agreed to this, it is not permissable. The non-custodial parent owes the full amount.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Wisconsin on
Q: My children's mother just received a large divorce settlement from her next marriage. Can I claim child support on it?

no child support now. similar incomes. joint custody and placement.

Jane E. Probst
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Jane E. Probst
answered on Jun 23, 2022

No. That is a property division that took place for assets after your marriage. Child support she would be paid from the recent marriage would be for the benefit of the children from that marriage. If she received income producing assets in the property division of the recent divorce, that... Read more »

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