Asking for my neighbor:
She does not work and is in school full time. She is also the custodial parent. For several years, the father was helping cover half of all extracurricular activities for their child. Including covering half of all the equipment needed for extracurricular activities. Recently, Father has not picked up child on designated weekends and no longer helps cover extracurricular activities. The child misses his father but in order to keep him busy and not have child become depressed, she signs him up for sports which has become very expensive. The child is older and the sports he is in require equipment, gas bill has doubled, and since child is with mother most of the time, the extra cost is worrying her. Father has always paid child support on time, and was helpful with extra costs until recently.
One important thing a family law attorney must know is change or increase in father's resources since prior court order. The factors you point out are important. Father's resources' change since prior order is most important. She should go talk to family law counsel.
Your neighbor should speak with a lawyer. It might be appropriate to request a child support increase depending on the amount of time since it was set. If the father is earning more money than before the attorney General might pursue an increase in support, at no cost to your neighbor.
It sounds like she may need a modification and enforcemental. She should set up an appointment with an attorney so they can review the court file, the court order, and disucss what her option are.
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