Child Support Guideline Help!
August 14, 2010 3:55 PM Subscribe
Child support filter: Ex-husband voluntarily agreed 8 years ago to pay more than state minimum child support. Just got letter from his lawyer saying he wants to now pay state amount.
posted by dzaz to Law & Government (21 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
YANAL, but input about how these decisions are made would be helpful.
Specifically, the ex is underemployed (when we were married, he was a salesperson making up to 6 figures yearly; for the past 5 years he has taken time off to perfect his tennis game and is now a part-time telemarketer and amateur tennis player).
He lives in his girlfriend's house but owns a condo that his girlfriend's brother lives in.
As for me and my 3 kids, they qualify for (and get) free school meals and we live in low-income housing.
I work full-time as a teacher (so not a great salary) and I'm in the process of getting my 2nd Master's so I can bump up on the payscale. I get tutoring jobs when I can, but my youngest has a disability and I need to have work that allows me to drop everything and get him emergency care when necessary.
My questions: will a judge factor any of this in, or does it not matter? Do I need a good lawyer, or does it ultimately come down to his income?
Lastly, can anyone recommend a really good lawyer in the Boston area who works on a sliding scale so the kids can stay financially protected?
I can't get free legal aid because his girlfriend is a heavy-hitting fundraiser for the agency in my jurisdiction (my ex donated $1000 to their most recent fundraiser). Years ago, she found out that I had applied for legal aid and was given information about me that she shared with my ex (and his lawyer). So that option is out.