Know a guy whose alimony/child support was set at an income he was earning when he was making great money as a builder. Since the bottom fell out, he still has to pay the same amount. Since he can’t, he spends his nights and weekends in jail.
Know another builder who got creamed in a divorce. Ex-wife brought him in front of a judge so he would pay an $800 doctor bill. “Judge, I simply do not have the money” “Doesn’t matter, sell some of your assets. You have 30 days to pay or else”
No surprise here. My current “hubby” pays so much CS that he cannot possibly live on his own income. That’s where I come in to play. He is not in arrears but would be if not for my income. More and more states are changing family court laws to include the NON-CUSTODIAL stepparent’s income in CS calculations. And look the other way when first wife/biomom remarries sugar step daddy.
This is due to the fact that the higher the amount collected (or shown to be owed) the more kickbacks the local CS collection offices get from the federales as “incentives.” The courts know this and have ZERO reason to lower CS in case of hardship.
That’s why more and more “second wives” are refusing to marry their men legally.
I don’t know if you watch the series Entourage, but there was a funny exchange between Ari Gold (Ari Emmanuel) and his best friend, Andrew:
Ari: That’s why you’ve got to get an ironclad prenup.
Andrew: Did you get one?
Ari: Hell no, I’d kill her before I got a divorce.
I know an ex-wife who hasn't received any child support payments for the past three years nor the demanded health insurance coverage for her 14 year old daughter. The EX actually had the guts to take her to the Friend of the Court last summer requesting a reduction in his child support as well as forgiveness for his past non payments.
The ex-husband has been out of work for all that time but yet had the money to put a down payment on his latest house.
She solicited the help of a "Family Law" attorney last summer but that was going to cost her an immediate out of pocket cost of $3,000.00.....which she did not have. The court ruled in his favor and she was stuck with having to continue to pay for her daughter's insurance.
The system sucks and people on both sides get screwed, that's just the way it is.........