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How to account for other dependents in figuring child support responsibility?

My boyfriend's ex-wife is trying to get him to pay more child support. We got a letter showing how much "available income" she has to support the child; included in the calculation is a deduction for the other two children she has with her new husband. How is this possible, when her new husband--who has a larger income than either the ex-wife or my bf--is also responsible for those other two kids? I understand that the new hubbie is not responsible for the support costs of my bf's son--but shouldn't he be responsible for the care of his own kids, such that the ex-wife cannot deduct this cost from her income when determining the percentage of my bf's son's care for which she is responsible? [more inside]
posted by vegsister on Feb 23, 2010 - 21 answers

How to support friends with a dying child?

What to do for friends with a dying child? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Feb 17, 2010 - 10 answers

How to deal with a severing of sibling ties?

I am looking for resources to help me deal with the growing realization that I was abused, physically and emotionally, by my older brother for the better part of 20 years. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2010 - 25 answers

shoes that are made for walking, but not all over you

Please help me find some comfortable shoes for some high-arched feet [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Feb 3, 2010 - 12 answers

things to do in phoenix when your computer is dead

I'm looking for a reputable computer repair shop in the Phoenix, AZ area. I lent my Compaq laptop (running vista) out to a friend and now it's totally owned by virii, and I don't have the time, patience, wherewithal to fix this level of problem. Is there a good, independent (not Best Buy) place in town to get this looked at and potentially fixed for a reasonable price? Again, I'm not interested in fixing it myself, I'd rather pay someone else to be frustrated for me.
posted by chlorus on Jan 25, 2010 - 10 answers

Help Me Out Of Lost Luggage Limbo

Air Canada WTF? On Tuesday I took a trip from Laguardia Airport to Pearson Toronto to CDG, Paris on Air Canada. From Toronto to Paris, they lost one of my bags, which wouldn't be terrible except said bas contained 1) My only change of clothes for the next 2 weeks 2) My BFs extra heart medication and 3) I'm leaving for Prague in 4 days and there is still no news. Is there anyone I can call or talk to see that I actually get my stuff before I leave France? Kakfaesque detail follows. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jan 7, 2010 - 21 answers

How do you save a marriage after an affair?

My world is destroyed after an affair. I desperately need advice. Its a long story... Please help. [more inside]
posted by wantstobeadesigner on Nov 26, 2009 - 54 answers

Brand me

What is that I'm doing? Tag my business. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Nov 20, 2009 - 14 answers

How can I help my girlfriend who's coming out of depression, without going out of my mind? (sorry, long)

How can I help my girlfriend who's coming out of depression, without going out of my mind? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2009 - 16 answers

Help me rebuild my office helpdesk/workflow setup.

TechFilter: I'm part of a medium-sized IT support company and we're looking at some new helpdesk/workflow management software. What advice can you give on your setup or software you are currently working with? [more inside]
posted by de1mar on Oct 14, 2009 - 8 answers

How do I shepherd my trees through adolescence?

How should I support and trim my two trees so they'll grow up to be big and strong? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Oct 13, 2009 - 10 answers

being a supportive friends vs. patience

How can I support my good friend (and roommate) through a breakup, and not lose my patience? [more inside]
posted by jalebi on Oct 9, 2009 - 11 answers

worst day at work ever or what?

My coworker came to work and shot himself today. I was the only person to talk to him and was one of the first people to reach him after he did it. I'm planning on speaking with the grief counselors they're bringing in tomorrow. But I'm wondering if there are any resources I should know about for people in a situation like mine, specifically: witnesses of the suicide of a coworker or friend. In case the details are relevant: they are below. [more inside]
posted by nerdcore on Sep 30, 2009 - 31 answers

Suggestiong for Toddler Wrangling Book?

Desperate friend has turned to me for book suggestions on her three year old. Ideally available in Australia, but Amazon is always possible. What are your killer books for nailing the second really difficult time in a parent's life.... the 2-3year old? [more inside]
posted by taff on Sep 6, 2009 - 9 answers

Somehow, I don't think a Post-It note on the fridge will do...

What can I do to thank my parents for their unbelievable support? [more inside]
posted by gursky on Sep 2, 2009 - 24 answers

How do I get actual customer support from Twitter?

I run a moderately popular blog. I'd like to have the Twitter account associated with the URL, but it's suspended -- presumably because somebody used it for evil. I've contacted Twitter support several times, and they make motions like it's possible for me to claim this account but then they just close my ticket (marking it as "solved") with no explanation. I cannot figure out how to get actual support. Has anyone experienced a similar issue? How can I get Twitter support to actually support me and not mark an unsolved issue as "solved"? Am I simply at the mercy of the Twitter fates? Yes, I know Twitter is a free product and that I get what I pay for. Thanks.
posted by jdroth on Sep 2, 2009 - 11 answers

Please help me reply to my mom's email concerning Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

My mom sent me an email today acknowledging for the very first time (that I am aware of) that she experiences symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder. I would like to write the best response that I can to her, with some links or information about possible next steps. I don't want to screw this up, please help me help her! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2009 - 8 answers

My ex-wife's boyfriend wants to try to claim my son on his taxes... is this legal?

My ex-wife's boyfriend wants to try to claim my son on his taxes... is this legal? [more inside]
posted by MMALR on Aug 19, 2009 - 6 answers

Since it's a tech support question about Google, you can just post it anywhere and they'll find it, right?

I deleted 267,000 messages from my gmail account and now, when I log in, I see a Temporary Error (500) / Numeric Code 93 message. Emails sent to me are bouncing. It's been five days. [more inside]
posted by ph00dz on Aug 19, 2009 - 14 answers

Where'd my network card go!?

My computer can't find its NIC, any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire on Aug 11, 2009 - 13 answers

Help me help new college students

How do I offer support for people attending/wanting to attend college, but who have very different situations from anything I knew? 2 different scenarios! [more inside]
posted by brainmouse on Aug 8, 2009 - 9 answers

I have two friends; their parents are (separately) dying. How to help? Neither are in U.S./U.K./CAN.

I would like to help my friends, if I can; two of them are individually dealing with incredibly stressful and sad health-related situations related to their parents. [more inside]
posted by taz on Aug 8, 2009 - 7 answers

What do you charge to not do any work, but instead sit around and wait, just in case?

I have no idea what to charge to be "on call" for a year, just in CASE a computer has a problem. [more inside]
posted by CommonSense on Aug 4, 2009 - 22 answers

RIM + Jobs

Resources for a Blackberry administrator that now has to support iphones? [more inside]
posted by anti social order on Aug 4, 2009 - 13 answers

Don't judge me, but....

I am the "judgmental friend." What does this mean? Should I change, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist on Jul 28, 2009 - 52 answers

Help me help her help him

What's the best way for a non-computer oriented person to tap into the blogosphere support network for help with her ADHD child? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on Jul 26, 2009 - 4 answers

Hepatitis C diagnosis, how to help?

A friend has been diagnosed with Hepatitis C. How can I help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2009 - 7 answers

I found the perfect job... but it's in Amsterdam

I found a job posting from a Mac software developer for a support/QA guru that pretty much sums up exactly what I want in a job right now. However, circumstances are not right for this particular position. How can I still do this as a job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2009 - 1 answer

Ticket please

Could someone reccomend me a lightweight/easy to use web/email based support ticket management tool? Preferebly open source.
posted by nam3d on Jul 7, 2009 - 12 answers

I found out that I might be a father when I got served papers for child support... now what?

I found out that I might be a father when I got served papers for child support... now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 1, 2009 - 30 answers

Child Support across the 49th?

How does one go about getting a child support order if one (me, the mother) is in the U.S./a U.S. citizen and the other (him, father) is in Canada and is a Canadian Citizen? The child (who at this time is unborn) will have (I believe) dual citizenship. [more inside]
posted by Bueller on Jun 10, 2009 - 14 answers

What's the opposite of crossing the picket line?

How best can I, as a passing pedestrian, indicate support for a picket line? Is my current method appropriate, or weird? [more inside]
posted by librarina on Jun 7, 2009 - 15 answers

best practices for supporting online user communities?

Does anyone have any information about best practices & strategies for online community support and community development? [more inside]
posted by mere on May 8, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me encourage a great future doctor not to lose faith in herself.

I'm out of fresh encouraging perspectives, and the stakes are higher than ever. Please help me figure out how to best be a supportive friend in the 11th hour of my pal's struggles with studying for the med school boards. [more inside]
posted by dorothy humbird on Apr 29, 2009 - 7 answers

Help My Dad Read His Way to Cured

Cancer Filter - My dad has leukemia and wants an inspiring non-religious book or two about positive thinking - suggestions? [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl on Apr 17, 2009 - 10 answers

Active writing forums?

Anyone know any active writing forums they would recommend? [more inside]
posted by Ugh on Apr 12, 2009 - 5 answers

Is there anything consoling to someone who's lost their job?

She got canned. But what do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2009 - 14 answers

DIY group therapy

I think I'm looking for co-counseling, but without the co-counseling. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Mar 5, 2009 - 7 answers

How can I balance the various needs of support group members?

I would like to learn to better facilitate a stress support group. [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Feb 17, 2009 - 3 answers

Why does external drive keep switching back to read-only setting?

I have an external usb drive running off my Windows 7 computer. It keeps switching back to Read-Only, so when I try to send files to it, it merely appends a file and adds a number to its name, instead of re-writing the entire file. I've tried to change it back, but it does not stay changed. The minute I refresh the page, the read-only status comes back! Is there some setting I'm missing? Is there something in Windows 7 that's causing this to happen?
posted by noir on Feb 11, 2009 - 2 answers

What can I say when my boyfriend gets scared about his Dad dying?

What can I say when my boyfriend gets scared about his Dad dying? [more inside]
posted by trampesque on Feb 9, 2009 - 12 answers

Help me replicate my beloved Photoshop 5.5 action!

In Photoshop 5.5 I was able to create an action to resize a layer/selection to a maximum width (say, 200 px). I could quickly select objects of varying initial sizes, run the action, and voila, everything fit neatly in a column. I've had Photoshop CS4 for over a week and can't figure out how to replicate this; my resizing seems to always be happening as a percent of the original size. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Feb 8, 2009 - 17 answers

Transfering FireWire data to a new MacBook?

My white MacBook is in its death throes, and it's time to upgrade. Unfortunately, all my data is backed up to a FireWire drive, which the new MacBook doesn't support. What are my data transfer options, other than buying a MacBook Pro?
posted by jed on Feb 6, 2009 - 15 answers

What are my options for a support case/ticket management system support confidentiality?

Need a web-based solution (self hosted, preferably free and open source) to keep track of support cases/tickets in such a way that they all go through one person, get assigned, and only the manager and assigned owner can see the ticket. Also needs to be able to support multiple owners for group work. If you know of something close please mention it as we can do some modification.
posted by Nevyn357 on Jan 27, 2009 - 10 answers

I don't need a support system... or maybe I do. Is there a support ticket system for Brick & Mortars?

I am looking for a client management/help desk/support ticket... thing. Customers come into our stores with items to be repaired and I'd like to be able to allow stores to create ticket for each repair. I'd like for the system to retain information about the customer and the items they bring in... and be able to make notes to the account. What exactly am I looking for? [more inside]
posted by aristan on Jan 15, 2009 - 4 answers

Is there any way to get language patches for XBox 360 games?

Is there any way to get language patches for XBox 360 games? [more inside]
posted by cmonkey on Jan 4, 2009 - 3 answers

How should I support my family after my dad's death?

My step-father died unexpectedly about two months ago, leaving behind my mother and my 13-year old sister. We are going through the 'normal' grieving process, but I am worried about my family and how they will get by. Is there anything that I can do to help and should I move closer to them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2008 - 6 answers

Latin Filter: What does "Per Vomer Et Gladius" mean?

Latin Filter: What does "Per Vomer Et Gladius" mean? [more inside]
posted by xotis on Dec 9, 2008 - 5 answers

Mac OS X / Excel problem - recovered file causing endless crashing

Mac OS X / Microsoft Office 2004 (Excel) crash and failed file recovery has left excel in an endless loop of restore and crash. Can anyone help me to find and delete the (unwanted) auto-saved excel sheet that is causing this problem? [more inside]
posted by urban greeting on Dec 4, 2008 - 3 answers

Witnessing the suicide of a stranger

How do I find other people who have witnessed the suicide of a stranger? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2008 - 15 answers

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