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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Michigan on
Q: After 10 years she said the child is mine. I moved to another state 8 years ago. Am I liable for child support?

She was married and the child took his last name. Now she is divorced. The ex-husband is challenging custody of the child

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Dec 13, 2019

Not until it is determined that you are the legal father. The other guy has an uphill battle to climb given that he was married to the mother when the child was born, and that he's just now saying this after 10 years.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Michigan on
Q: At what age does court ordered child support end in Michigan?

Additionally I am current on payments with no arrears.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Dec 13, 2019

When the child graduates from high school, is emancipated, or at 19 1/2 years old, whichever occurs first.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for California on
Q: I have been the sole provider for child an husband keeps kid over summer an files divorce an wont let me have her back

He won’t let me see or hear from her an he filed for full custody we live in separate states

Mike Darlington
Mike Darlington answered on Dec 13, 2019

Even though your question is really short, it invokes so many different issues that you need to immediately sit down with an attorney and lay out the facts. At initial glance this is going to be a UCCJEA matter. The UCCJEA is a federal law that the courts use to decide jurisdiction between... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for North Carolina on
Q: My ex did not agree to the amount worksheet done by the CSE.

He hired an attorney and they came up with a much lower figure. I declined that offer and have a court date set for Feb. I have no idea what happens next. I believe he is not reporting income from a family business. Will this be addressed and can someone educate me on what happens in Child... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Dec 13, 2019

If it goes to Court to make a decision, Child Support is not an 'offer' that you can simply decline. If you and your spouse can not come to an agreement, you will likely be held to the amount set forth in the guidelines. If it comes to that, the only things at issue are whether all income is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Does paying child support give you rights to the child?

my childs father hasn't seen her in 2 years and i'm afraid to file for child support because I don't want him to try to take her away, since she doesn't even know him. I just want to know if I can file for child support knowing his rights will not change unless he tries to file separately for... Read more »

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Dec 12, 2019

The father would have to pursue timesharing in order to get it, regardless of any child support obligation. Even if he does try, you can show the court that he has been absent for two years. All decisions by the court will be based on the best interest of the child.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: Need back child support after the kids graduate high school.

Scenario: Divorced 2005- Ex Husband was ordered to pay $1000 mth. He only paid $800, not a dime more. Sometimes not even that. The agreement for the last 14 years, was he would pay me directly. Which he deposited into my account every Thursday.

Children (twins) were seniors last year, and... Read more »

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Dec 12, 2019

You can contact the office of child support enforcement. Otherwise, you should consider consulting and hiring counsel to determine your best course of action.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Virginia on
Q: Title 26 IRS code Pub. 525 states my veterans disability shall be excluded as income.Why are the courts not honoring it?

They are using that as income to calculate child support. How is that legal? Or should i get a lawyer?

Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller answered on Dec 12, 2019

Va. Code § 20-108.2. Guideline for determination of child support

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C. For purposes of this section, "gross income" means all income from all sources, and shall include, but not be limited to, income from salaries, wages, commissions, royalties, bonuses, dividends, severance...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Child Support for North Carolina on
Q: I am the victim of a on going dv case and I do not want to pursue it .

what can I say or do to help him when I am at court, can I say that I do not want to testify against him on grounds that I want to get back to together with him and do not want to compromise and happy home or do I pled the 5th . Also we have kids together he pays child support for child care is... Read more »

Adam Bull
Adam Bull answered on Dec 12, 2019

You need to be very careful and consider why, after what presum8is a short period of time, you are changing your position from seeking court protection from him because of your statements under oath of your fear of him, to expressing the exact opposite. You were either fabricating your statements... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: If your child enlist in the military does said child become emaciated and end court order for support?

Child will be 18 in February and mother has already signed consent form .

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 11, 2019

Generally yes, but look at the terms of the support order. I'd think you'd want to support any youth enlisting at a time of war.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Massachusetts on
Q: What, if any, are the legal repercussions of a person rescinding on informal child support in Massachusetts?

After my ex and I split, we both agreed on an informal child support agreement. He'd continue giving me access to his vehicle and keep my phone on his cell phone plan. After a few personal disputes, he's threatening to take them back knowing it'll affect our kids, ie getting to drs appts and... Read more »

Scott F Bocchio
Scott F Bocchio answered on Dec 11, 2019

It almost always protects the children more if there is a formal child support agreement in place with the Court as it can be enforceable through the Department of Revenue.

It can also be arranged by the Court to take child support straight from his paycheck. This helps in matters where...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: Me and my ex have to go for child support, I live at home and pay bills such as wifi, cable, phone bill eat as my "rent"

my ex has an apartment that he pays half of the $800 rent plus half of utilities, do the courts consider rent in calculating his support amount in PA? What if his girlfriend is giving him half of the rent in cash and then he pays the rent out of his account? Will courts look at that as him paying... Read more »

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Dec 11, 2019

Generally speaking, in PA the bills and other financial obligations of the parents, other than medical insurance, child's medical expenses, and childcare/tuition, are not relevant. The calculation of a support order is income, not expense, driven.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: My mother doesn’t allow me to see my son but has me paying child support every month... I was told

If I can’t see him, I don’t have to pay... is that true and how would I go about bringing that up? I’ve been paying since June or July now...

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Dec 11, 2019

In PA child support and child custody are separate in that , if you have a support order, you still have to pay it regardless of whether or not you see your child. If you want to see your son and your mother s not willing, then you're going to have to go to custody court to obtain time with him.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Colorado on
Q: Can I file for more support if my x has new living arrangements? His living costs are now cut in half due to living...

with someone else. half rent /utilities etc. While I am struggling month to month

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III answered on Dec 11, 2019

Child support is determined primarily on the respective incomes of the parties. So, I do not think his change in living situation will justify a modification. there may be other grounds for modification. You should consult with an attorney to see if there is any basis for requesting a change.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Colorado on
Q: Court says that I pay for 1/2 of our sons’ sports but ex wife put them under her fiancé’s last name. Do I still have to?

Court order parenting plan says I will pay half for sports but she is registering them under his last name. I feel that if she’s not using their legal last name I shouldn’t be required to help other than child support.

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III answered on Dec 11, 2019

You need to obey the court order. By your description, you are to pay 1/2. You may be able to address the problem by advising the team of your son's actual last name.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can garnished payments for child support arrears be modified by custodial parent via court?

NCP arrears payments that were approved by court are being garnished out of his pay, but now CP wants payments to be increased. Can CP have court increase arrears payments, and if yes, under what circumstances? All kids are over 18, no longer live with CP and 1 passed away in 2015.

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Dec 11, 2019

The CP can request that the court increase the arrears payments. Whether she/he will be successful depends on a number of factors. A petition would have to be filed in order to make this request.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: Where can I get full copies of my child support case
Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Dec 11, 2019

You'll probably have to go in person to the Domestic Relations Office which is handling your case. Be forewarned that they may charge you for every copy so you may want to think about what documents you really need. They can also give you a print-out of your payment . You can call first to find out... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: When does child support ends of a child is still in school upon turning 18?
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Dec 11, 2019

Ends at 19th birthday or graduation whichever comes first.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support, Divorce, Family Law and Legal Malpractice for Georgia on
Q: There's a mistake on my final divorce decree is it still Legal it's a written mistake

I was unable to get a lawyer I've been a stay at home mom since I was 6mo prego our son is 3 he filed I couldn't afford council so he was awarded primary custody we have joint custody there was mental verbal emotional and some physical abuse and he cheated and I have proof of everything which I was... Read more »

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Dec 10, 2019

What is the mistake? There are details to your case that we would need to know in order to provide you with guidance. You should consult with an attorney who can review the facts in detail and present you with the options and guidance. -Homer P. Jordan IV, Esq. 404-620-1558

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Michigan on
Q: If I'm not on my child's birth certificate am I still obligated to pay support
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Dec 10, 2019

You could find yourself liable for child support at some later date. If the mother receives any public assistance for the child's birth, the state will initiate enforcement actions against you.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for New York on
Q: This is My 2nd daughter who has left my home, I have had full custody of 4 girls. Dad does not participate in

visitation. One minor disagreement where my daughter was dictating in my home. Her father came picked her up, and is buying her a car 2 days later,and filed for custody and support. Was ruled in 1st daughters case that it wasn't emancipation d/t still living w parent. Emotionally and... Read more »

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Dec 10, 2019

You really need to sit down with an attorney who knows family law and discuss all of the facts of the case including the background and the age of your daughter.

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