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Nov 29, 1999

Question:

I currently have Joint custody of my 12 year old son. My child support is nominal $156 a month. It is the first order and only time we have been to court. She has never taken me back to court probably because she would be afraid of losing. She has a problem with drugs; Meth to be exact. She just got through serving 2 months in jail for meth related charges and she has to take random drug testing in a program called Drug Court. I was going to take her to court when she was incarcerated but could not because I think she would have flipped out and probably cause her to be evaluated in jail. My son likes staying with me although are custody is joint. I have him 5 night a week because I am worried about his school attendance. She has agreed to this but she will not do anything to change custody pmts other then welfare. This is her only source of income. My son says he wants to stay with me most of the time and stay with her on weekends. The things she may have on me is 1) a charge of domestic violence in which I plead no contest; this was approximately 2 years ago. 2) I work a night shift which I don

Nov 29, 1999

Question:

My ex-wife asked me in the beginning of summer 2006, approximately May, to take my daughter to live with me, as my daughter was failing academically, behaviorally, and causing much grief in her mother

Nov 29, 1999

Question:

My daughter is 18 years old and incarcerated in the state of Tennessee. I was ordered to pay child support based on a phantom job that the judge gave me. I am unemployed. Now I am being hit again from the state of Tennessee, trying to establish a court order for child support for when we separated divorced in 1995. I can't afford to hire an attorney in Tennessee, and the state of New Jersey says there is nothing I can do. Can a child support order be established just for the arrears when no order was in place for child support 12 years ago? What can I legally do about this situation? Father's have no rights. I sent her monies in check and credit cards and she told me that if I didn't file for joint custody of our daughter, she would not take me to court for child support. I paid what I could anyway. Is there anything that I can do, and afford to do at this point?

Answer:

I am not licensed in the state of Tennessee. Laws will vary so I also recommend consulting an attorney in Tennessee. Yes, child support can be established retroactively. I assume no current support is being sought since your child is incarcerated. There is usually a statute of limitations for establishing support. Since your child is only 18, it is unlikely that the statute of limitations has run. I am confused as to why no support was ordered at the time of your divorce in 1995. If the court order at the time of your divorce was for 0 support, then any new order should only go back to the time a petition to modify support was entered. If support was ordered in 1995 then you owe that support. Support is your child's not your ex wife's. Your ex does not have the power to waive the support on her behalf. I recommend having an attorney review the court orders and advise you on your options.

Nov 29, 1999

Question:

I was divorced from my wife in 2003 from the state of Ohio. She is collecting support as ordered by the courts in Ohio until 2014. She was granted support based on the reasoning that she was not employable and had not worked in the workplace while raising our children. Although she had a 2 year college degree, the judgment required payments of 2000.00 per month for the first 5 years and dropping to 1500.00 per month for an additional 6 years with the idea that she would finish college and become active in the workforce without harming much of her lifestyle. She has now moved to Indiana to be closer to family, and she has now become a full fledged teacher since graduating from college. I live in Missouri, and she is now a resident of Indiana. Are there reciprocity agreements between states that uphold the judgment of our divorce? Is there a way I can get my spousal support reduced or eliminated now that she is capable of supporting herself? My decree as stated in Ohio states that "the court shall not retain jurisdiction to modify the amount or the duration of the husband

Nov 29, 1999

Question:

My son just turned 21, living in a condo with his friends, has an internship this summer at a large corporation. Do I continue to pay child support? I have faithfully paid child support and 50% of college cost even though we never get documentation. He will graduate next December or May (not sure due to no documentation only hearsay).

Answer:

I am not licensed in the State of Missouri. Do you have a court order obligating you to pay past the age of 21? If child support is to continue past 21 then you are obligated to pay unless you have him emancipated through a court proceeding. If your obligation stops at 21 by court order or by operation of Missouri law then you should not continue to pay support. Even if support will end, this does not necessarily mean you obligation to pay educational expenses will. Obviously if he has graduated then there are no more educational expenses. If he is in school past 21 and you are under a court order to pay his college expenses then that will continue unless you go to court to modify. Since laws will vary from state to state and everyone's divorce decree is different, I recommend you consult an attorney in your state to look over your decree and let you know what your obligation is.

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