My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Illinois
My ex and I have an agreed order for our two 16 year old twins. They now spend Tuesday to the following Friday with me, mom, and spend every other Friday night - Tuesday afternoon with dad. For this he pays $500.00 per month. He does not pay child support during the months when the children are not in school (generally June/July). He has not missed this princely sum ever, nor ever been later than 1 day (6th of the month) in the 18 months we have been following this new schedule. One of the children wrote him a letter directly stated that said child was feeling suicidal at his home and preferred being home with mom. That prompted him to make this change without court intervention.
I'm finding that $500 for two teenagers is not nearly enough. I'm not looking for a windfall, but the guy is worth over $1,000,000. He could cough up a few hundred extra bucks a month. He has been unresponsive to written requests for an increase, because really, $500 doesn't pay for groceries for two teenagers, let alone keeping them in socks and underwear. Do i need to take him back to court pro-se or do I need to hire a lawyer (don't want to do that)?
Thanks in advance.
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