When is child support situation ever going to Stop

by Karla
(Indiana)

I am a mother of 3 children and I have been paying child support since 2003. To start off with, I was in arrears due to their father's attorney waiting for 1 year to take me to court. All 3 children are grown and has been emancipated.

My youngest graduated college May 2011 at the age of 23. I paid $100 per week the whole 4 years he was in college. Then they slap me with a college bill of 1/3 of his college. I did get the payments reduced down to half of what I was paying.

I got a legal aide attorney, he told me it was not considered child support any longer now that all children had been emancipated, it is now a judgement. He told me I didn't have to pay anything, but if they take me back to court, I have to show up, otherwise I would be in contempt.

So I started paying their father $25 a month cause I didn't want to not pay anything at all. I have been unemployed for quite some time and the $100 week was killing our budget. So since last year around this time, they started taking me back to court and ever since then they always want a review hearing.

So I've been going to these review hearings every 3 months since last year. I recently got married (june 2012)and we are moving out of state this month (july 2012). The courts know this. I go to court this week for another review hearing. The last hearing I agreed to start paying the $50 a week payment cause attorney said if I did they will have to leave me alone, that I need to be in compliance in order for them to leave me alone.

Yesterday I received a letter from the prosecutors office stating that I have arrears of $17,950 (sons college)and they are going to report this to the credit reporting agencies if I don't dispute the amount. So I guess my question is, is this college amount considered child support or not? I have 20 days to respond on this.

I am trying to avoid another court hearing as like I said we are moving out of state at the end of this month (july 2012). I just need this to stop so my husband and I can move and get on with our lives.

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