Ok first some background info;
All this has occurred in Cumberland County Pennsylvania.
In Jan 07 I was laid off from work. I collected unemployment due to the lay off. My CS was automatically deducted from the check. In May of 07 I was found to be disabled and thus unemployable by a doctor due to a medical condition. I informed Domestic Relations of this in writing. Then in June of 07 my unemployment became exhausted.
In March of 07 my son turned 18. I learned in April of 07 the he had signed himself out of school (quit). I attempted to inform Domestic Relations but was informed by Domestic Relations the it was not my responsibility and they would not follow up on it. I was told it is the custodial parents irresponsibility to inform them. I spoke to the x and she said she was working on it. I left it go under the false assumption that it was being dealt with and a Court Order would be forth coming ending my support. During this time I continued to pay CS until my Unemployment ended. Due to no income I took a job against doctors orders in Dec. 07. My child support once again started being deducted.
In Nov. of 07 I received a notice to appear for not paying child support (Contempt) with an arearage of $1100. I appeared in court. Prior to going in front of the judge one of the lawyers for Domestic Relations asked for my personal information i.e. name, address. I imparted to him I am there for a hearing on not paying child support for a child 18 yrs of age and not in school and that I am unemployable due to a medical condition. I also told them of the conversation I had with Domestic Relations about him turning 18 and quiting school. Domestic Relations asked for and received a continuance. I was informed by the attorney for Domestic Relations that I had to file for a modification hearing. Which I did.
In Dec. of 07 we had the modification hearing. At the hearing he was found to have been emancipated as of April 4, 2007 therefore child support ended on that date. Also the contempt hearing was canceled as I was not in contempt.
Based on the date my son was emancipated with no areeages at that time. I continued to pay $400 a month until June which is $1200. Also in Dec of 07 I payed another $400. Which totals $1600 that I over paid.
I inquired to Domestic Relations about the overpayment and how to get it back. I was blown off no answers given.
My questions are;
What are the procedures to get this money back? Who do I contact?
What if any recourse do I have against the mother who was fraudulently receiving these over payments?