My question involves child support in the State of: Texas
I just found out I had a 16yrs old daughter on Jan 2th 2010. The mother of the child gave parental custody for my daughter to her mom when my daughter was 4. Since the day I laid eyes on my beautiful daughter we have been enjoying each other and I 've been take care of all of her financial needs except for medicaid. She stayed and was raised by her grandmother. According to grandmother her mom didnt really contribute to our daughters upbringing and welfare.
Then in Nov 2010, my daughter got in trouble with her grandmother and she sent her to stay with her mom. Now her mom has filed for Child Support even though she hasnt paid hardly anything for the entire year and wasnt parenting at all for the last 13 yrs until I came in the picture. Also her mom has a totally of 3 kids, my daughter is the oldest, the other two she gave them to foster parents. I've taken a DNA test and also there maybe another guy on the birth certificate, I dont have a copy yet so I'm not sure. Basically this woman is trying to get paid and may believe she is entiteled to back child support. My daughter will be 18 in July and I have a mediation for child support in march. i plan to file for joint or full custody. Money isnt a issue with me but i simply do no want to pay a woman who willfully decided not to raise our child and now she decides she wants to raise her for 5 months before shes 18 in order to get paid. Her own mom says that if we go to court she will testify against her daughter. But I dont want to subject my daughter through that. I have no other kids so I'm new to this and I'm nervous about going to mediation. Are there any tips to get the mediator to see how unfair this is? what can i do to protect my finances?