My ex and I went to concilation services and met with a counselor who gave me everything I wanted. However my ex is still very upset and is not agreeing to joint custody. She states the counselor didn't listen to anything she had to say about the situation.
Nevertheless here is were it gets serious. My ex just filed contempt of court for child support, a petition for a child evaluator and a motion to consolidate the case with our custody trial. The judge denied the request for an evaluator but ordered the contempt of court for child support and approved the motion to consolidate. We go to trial in December.
My ex tried to explain to the counselor that I only want 50/50 because I want to pay less support but the counselor didn't listen to her. However I'm concerned that the judge will listen and his decision will be affected by the fact I'm in arrears over $7000. I thought child support and custody were two separate issues?
How can she request to have them consolidated?
The arrears amount is not my fault. DES hasn't been taking out the right amount (like $500 less than they should be). Shouldn't DES be responsible for fixing the problem?
My ex keeps saying that I'm responsible for making sure the right amount gets paid no matter what DES does. But my attorney says that he will make a good argument for me in court. Should I believe him or should I be worried?
What is the worst and least that can happen to me for being in contempt of court for child support?