My husband and I are legally married and we have a 13 month old. We are trying to work on our relationship and want to make sure we try everything before we file for a divorce and we do not want to separate our family because he works shift work and we want him to be able to see our baby just as much as he was. I am staying in another room in the house and do not work. He pays household bills and rent. But I need money for baby expenses. Can I file for child support? He also has 3 kids from different relationships, that I care for while he works. I pick them up from schools, help with homework etc.. do their mothers have any say, for me picking up their children still if I'm collecting child support? Even though him and I are still legally married..
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If you are living together, no.
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Courts have enough work getting parties divorced and setting support. They do not get involved in the finances of parties who live together and choose to be married. Those are private matters. If he does not support you and you watch all his kids all day, I would say something is not right here. You should avail yourself of personal counseling as to why you want to stay married to someone who treats you badly and does not respect you enough to support your baby. Are you at least paid for watching all the kids he has with other women? You are in his servitude and perhaps do not even realize it. An attorney will help you see the bigger picture. Just set up a consultation and help yourself and your baby/
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