When we got divorced (10 years ago), my ex husband was ordered to pay $400 per month. I told him as long as he was being a father to our son and he was doing the things the court ordered, I would never take him back to court for more money.... Well, needless to say... I'm on this message board, so that did NOT happen.
For the first 4 years or so after our divorce, he paid his support (with little "reminders" from me).... However when our son was 7 (he's almost 13 now) my ex moved to Georgia. He is remarried and has 2 kids, but has only paid child support "here and there" over the past 6 years. In the last 4 years it has been AWFUL! I'm pursing legal action (California has jurisdiction over our son) I want to collect the arrears, I want to implement a wage assignment so I don't have to be a bill collector every 2 weeks, however, both of our incomes have gone up since our divorce. In our custodial arrangement, it says he has to pay $400 per month AND half of any medical expenses my insurance doesn't cover. The medical expenses number is in the thousands (therapist our son had to see after his dad left.... braces.... etc...). His dad hasn't helped with any of it. He only sees our son about 4-6 weeks out of the year combined (he's a bit of a flake about coming to visit and about getting our son to Georgia to visit him) otherwise our son is with me.
Here are my questions:
1) Now that he is remarried with 2 kids, can his child support even be increased? Or do the other kids offset the child support he pays?
2) How much of a factor is my income on what he's required to pay?
THANKS FOR ANY INPUT YOU GUYS HAVE!!!!!!!!!!!