Collecting back support from son's father in Australia
by Julie "VIP MEMBER".........................
I have a 14 year old son. His father lives in Australia. They lost contact in 2002 and just started communicating again in the summer of 2011. (I web searched to find his father and contact him) The father stopped paying child support in 2001.
When he visited my child the last time in 2001 or 2002 I asked for his contact information - work and home addresses and phone numbers - to establish support payments again. He refused to give me the information and we never heard anything else from him.
I was single supporting my son from divorce in 2000 until May of 2010. The contact was re established in July of 2011 and he started paying $300 a month in child support- but not without an argument or making conditions for paying support.
I thought court ordered child support was not optional. Our divorce papers state he is responsible for $300 a month support, life insurance on him to go to our son, health insurance for our son, half of all medical expenses.
He refuses to pay any medical. I currently have $15,000 in medical bills for my son. Because he cut off contact is he still liable for all of the unpaid support and medical bills? We lived at the same address with the same numbers until August of 2009 so it is not like he could not contact us.
He also could have reached us through my parents who have been at the same address for 30 years. He was dodging the support in my opinion. He now owns his own business in Australia and has been to the USA several times but never tried to visit
I know he has said he would come visit for spring break of this year (march 2012). Just want to know what I should do.