My question involves child support in the State of: Oklahoma
I have 2 teenage children and am supposed to get $403.10 every month from my ex, but he usually only pays when they either, find out where he's working and send an income assignment, or they call or send letters threatening to take away his driver's license and/or electrician's license. The pattern lately, is that I get something every 3 months because DHS won't proceed with enforcement until he's 3 months or more behind. My question is this: isn't he in contempt of court if he doesn't pay his child support every month? If not, then why would the documentation order him to pay every month? Why does DHS get to wait 90 days before doing anything? In August, he paid just enough support so that when the September payment due posted, he was about $60 under the "90 day rule." Now he doesn't have to pay anything for another month. I've already had to file bankruptcy on my credit cards because of his sketchy payment history. Ironically, the main reason I even used those cards was to supplement my lack of child support. By the time he'd finally make a payment, I couldn't even get current on my credit card payments.
Also, he is a licensed, union, journeyman electrician and has not seen them or even sent birthday or Christmas cards or gifts to them in 2 years. I'm footing 100% of the cost of raising them. Doesn't $403.10 per month sound way too low? I sent a modification request this week, but I was denied last year because there wasn't "at least a 20% change in salaries". I know different, because he didn't have his license when this support amount was originally figured. I suspect it's because DHS is not going to waste man hours working on this because it won't affect their bottom dollar, whether I get child support or not. Should I get my own attorney? I've only hesitated getting my own attorney because I don't want 30% or more of the funds collected taken away from us (whatever their collection percentage may be).