Back-Child Support

Their mother reopened the case 3 years after the last son turned 18. The son has been paying the back child support because he doesn't want his father going to jail. The father lost his job two years ago and lives with his older son. The court hearing is in a few days, do you think they will throw it out or do you think the son is going to have to pay the rest of it?

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August 9, 20130 found this helpful

The best thing to do would be to talk to your local office of child support collection. However, I am sure the father can find some kind of job, it might not be what he wants, but there are jobs out there - flipping burgers, etc. I have heard Judge Judy tell absent parents that if nothing else they can get out there and pick up cans to sell, so that they can support their kids. It isn't right that the son is paying child support to keep his Dad out of jail. What happens when the son wants to get married? Furthermore the Dad is supposed to be the most mature person there, and should take responsibility.

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August 10, 20130 found this helpful

You do not say why the father is not working or able to pay this back child support (arrears). If he can show the court that he is not able to work or applying for Social Security Disability they may take this in to consideration.

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Is he receiving Social Security Supplement Income (SSI) if so the court will more than likely excuse the arrears as someone who receives SSI cannot pay child support. Cannot fully answer your question without knowing the circumstances of the debtor parent (father).

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August 10, 20130 found this helpful

She should have gone after the father before her last son turned 18. Why is she taking money from her son who is probably trying to get established in his life. Not only is he paying his dad's debt, but his dad is living with him. His mother is also living off of him. The poor kid has two dead beat parents. Both parents should be out looking for work and not sponging off of their children.
I'm 69 years old and would be embarrassed to sponge off my kids!

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August 10, 20130 found this helpful

My daughter is on Social Security Disability. Her 14 year old son desides he wants to go live with his father. The family court judge granted his wishes. My daughter now has to pay $175.00 a month child support.

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She even has a daughter to care for but that didn't matter to the family court. She is struggling so. We try to help her when we can. Being on Disability doesn't mean you do not have to pay child support.

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