How Do I Properly Contest A Child Support Adjustment
Recently, my son’s mother requested a review of the child support. She did this within a few months of getting married to a man she has lived with for 5 years. When the court reviewed our case they only received her last year’s income tax statement which she was fired from 2 jobs and only made a small amount. Now she is gainfully employed and married to a man who makes more than I do. She also is to be paying for full coverage insurance according to the state of Iowa and our legal agreement but to my knowledge she never has. She has often asked for money to cover doctor bills which her insurance would possibly have covered had she had insurance.
Also, she recently acquired a passport for my son to leave the country and they plan on going soon on vacation. I was not informed about the passport until it arrived...and I was informed by my son not her. I am not on the birth certificate and she circumvented the court papers which state I have joint legal custody by only using his birth certificate and not informing the State Department of our joint legal custody. I might add that I am not concerned that she will not return from the trip as I feel that she would never do this to our son.
Back to the child suppot. When they reviewed the child support it jumped nearly 200 dollars a month based on our incomes from the previous year when she was unemployed and not married, and which I had worked a lot of overtime which is not normal and so my income was much higher than even this year with a pay raise since tax time.
I was under the impression that now that she is married she carries a 2 income household and that the court should adjust based on what we make and not what we made prior to gaining employment or having overtime raise my gross income for only that year. I feel this whole situation has been calculated unfairly and wanted to know if there is some way for me to counter what I feel is an attack.