Why is his Child Support Going up?

by Jen
(Maine)

I have been married to my husband for just over a year now but we have been together for nearly 5 years. He has 3 kids by 2 women. His oldest is 21 so we have been done paying his support for a couple years now and had no issues with his mother about it.


However the other woman with who he has an 18 yr old and a 15 yr old is where the problem is. She is in her 40's and is a cashier at a convenient store !!! VASTLY underemployed considering she qualified to be a CNA....she just chooses not to work at a job that earns her more money as this would make it impossible for her to get all the state aid that she gets.

My husband has a good job with good pay and he works his tail off. He works a lot of overtime but only during the summer. Its not an ongoing thing. I have 3 kids of my own so he also shares in the expense of my kids as well and I too have a good job with good pay. She is always taking him back to court for more money because she doesn't want to work.

The state used his W2s from last year with all his overtime pay included, instead of using his base gross income. To me this doesn't seem fair considering he may not make even close to that amount this year but they are basing his child support on that inflated amount !!!!

They actually had to enter in an amount of 15000 for her because she didn't even make that much so they just entered in an amount for her. !!!! He called the Department of Health & Human Services and they pretty much told him to give it up and they were very rude to him because he is the NCP. She chooses to work at this crappy job so that she can keep her state aid and get more money from him.

But they can base his child support on his "potential of earning" but NOT hers???? Shouldn't her income be based on her "potential of earning" as well? We both feel that he is getting railroaded by the system just because he is the NCP. Please help him and tell him what he needs to do to get a fair shake with the state. He has never ever missed a support payment. He is actually one of the men that pays his support faithfully !!!

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