What should I do and am I entitled to compensation
by Christopher Dent
(Memphis, TN, USA)
My ex-wife and I had a child and divorced in 2003. I paid support while I was in the military, and then fell behind for a period before I moved up north. In 2007 I began receiving statements from the state showing 0.00 owed and 0.00 arrears.
Jan. 2008 I received an Issuance of Income Assignment so I started paying support again. To date I have not missed a single payment. In June of this year I confirmed with the Chancellery Court that my son was adopted in 2007, however I have continued to pay support and according to the courts will continue to pay until 2021. Approximately 3 weeks ago I received a letter stating I was scheduled for a case review however I live 1000+ miles away and can’t just drive down to their office so I called.
I explained that I live in Delaware and the lady I spoke with said “Oh, well then just disregard the letter”. I found this a little odd because in the letter they were requesting vital documents such as proof of payments, tax records and proof of other dependants living in the home (of which I have 3). Today I received more paperwork stating I will now be responsible for adding him (my son that was adopted 3 years ago) to my health coverage. I need help to terminate the support order and to stop future letters from the state.
I have been getting the run-around from both Child Support Services and the Chancellery Court so now I feel like my only option is to submit the petition for termination, set a court date and fly down to appear. Before I received this last letter I was content with just the termination of the order but now I believe I would like to get back what I have paid the last three years.