My question involves child support in the State of: California
I'll give you the short version of the story. When my wife and I married almost 10 years ago, she had a 13 month old daughter. The biological father denied paternity, so there was a court case opened. Paternity was established, but my wife did not ask for child support, even though she was only 17 at the time. She thought they would get married and be a family. He had other ideas. He agreed to voluntarily pay her $140 a month child support if she would agree not to file through the courts. This was in 1998.
Fast forward to 2009. We wanted to move to a town 36 miles away from bio dad. He sued us for primary custody. When he was threatening to sue us, my wife pointed out that he hadn't even paid his $140 a month child support in over 4 years and if he chose to sue for custody, she would pursue court ordered child support. Keep in mind this person makes good money. He owns a house, drives a $40k truck, owns a boat, etc. He lost his bid for custody and we moved. My wife filed for child support back in June. The CSEA has his name, address, phone number, employer, employer address, phone number, etc. He refused to fill out his income and expense paperwork, so the CSEA went to his employer for that info. They called a few weeks back and gave my wife a guideline amount of $894 a month.
At this point, the whole process seems to be stalled. The CSEA is telling us they have to wait for some papers that is attorney is filing before they can proceed, which leads to my question:
What possible tricks could he have up his sleeve? To me, it looks pretty straight forward. He makes good money, has had the same job for over 6 years and has lived in the same house since 2005. Is there any way he can get out of his obligation?
Thanks in advance for any responses.