My ex husband and I got divorced in May of 2017. We have a custody agreement that states he takes our 2 children every other weekend. He was doing good until he got into a new relationship and completely stopped picking them up and having them overnight. He has been violating the custody orders for 7 months now. I don’t have the income to hire a custody lawyer so what can I do to modify the orders on my own with the courts help? Also for child support, he makes $5,000 a month and only gives me $500 for both kids monthly, which he splits up biweekly, meaning he gives me $250 every 2 weeks. How can I go about getting the child support modified as well? He did give me $1600 a month before for temporary maintenance and on the court papers it states that once the maintenance comes to an end, child support should be recalculated. I just have no idea how to go about doing any of this. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.
You could file a motion to modify the Allocation of Parental Responsibilities to reflect the parenting time that is actually occurring. You can also file a motion to modify child support if there has been a substantial and continuing change in circumstances, or if as you mention, your decree allows for a recalculation upon the end of maintenance and maintenance has ended. Given your financial limitations, you might contact an attorney who can assist you in an "unbundled" pay as you go for only the legal services that you need approach.
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