Laid Off And Child Support Payments Reduced
by Brent Means "VIP MEMBER".................
I have been paying $1050/month for 3 kids since 2002. I dont believe that this amount was ever correct, but didnt have an attorney, and have just paid (deducted from paycheck) I also provide thier health insurance through my employer ($300/month). 3 weeks ago, i was laid off. unemployment will pay $435/week. insurance will now be $776/month without employer contribution. I was paid $21.00/hr when working, but after deductions for support, ins, and taxes, was taking home $172.00/week. insurance will be $172.44/week and support is $242.31/week, totaling $414.75/week leaving approx $21.00/week for me to live on. this does not include income tax, so I'm in the hole each week.
There are additional issues such as turning the kids against me, and my new wife, denial of visitation in my home, (mostly because i live 50 miles away, and ex wife hates new wife). I also do not get to claim any children on taxes (she let me claim 1 once or twice, years ago). I have also discovered, and she admits freely,that one of the kids, 12 years old, is most likely not mine. I didn't learn this, or suspect it until he was 10. I realize that I'm raising issues that may have to be dealt with separately, my main, and immediate concern is making payments fair and affordable while I'm unemployed. Unfortunately, I don't know exactly what her income is, but I've heard her tell the kids she brings home $700.00/2 weeks. can i file for modification? how long will that take? what do i do about payments i cant afford in the meantime?