Back Support Never The Same Amount
by Mike Ryman "VIP Member"...........................
(Johnson City, TN)
Hi. I have been paying child support since 2000. At the time i began, Alaska state was taking 450.00 per month from my paychecks. I live in Tennessee. In 2003 i became self employed and needed the amount modified to reflect my current pay status. I scrimped and did what i had to to continue paying the amount Alaska stated until i simply could not anymore. In 2005 i called and talked to the local child support office, and my "case worker" got very hateful with me.
I explained that since 2000 my job had changed and i was not making as much now. I told her i really needed help as i needed to do something to get my pay amount lowered to an amount i could afford. She said in a very VERY snotty tone " sounds to me like you need to get yourself an attorney" and she hung up on me. I talked to relatives and they helped me get an attorney.
He took it into court and got my pay amount dropped to 160 per month, and 50 extra to go towards the back pay owed. Apparently this court decision was not good enough for Alaska state. Alaska was and is charging interest.
Nobody ever mentioned the word interest to me. In my way of thinking, since Tennessee took it into court, and set my pay, and i have been paying, shouldn't Alaska have had to abide by Tennessee ruling? My back pay as of 2000 was supposedly 17 thousand dollars. Now in 2012 it is 20 thousand and according to an attorney here in tn, i have only missed 4 payments since the 2005 court ruling, and none before that going back to 2000.
My back pay has gone up and up. I was told by an attorney here that Alaska was charging me 60 or more per month, then lower as time went on for interest, which is more than i was paying for back pay. I was told this is due to the interest on the original amount Alaska claimed i owed. What can i do?
I have been paying for years and still am. The child is now 18, so no more current pay. However i really feel i am being intentionally screwed here. Is there something i can legally do about this? I have been paying for years and now owe more than when i started. I really feel i have been taken for a ride.