We have joint custody, but I am primary. My ex has been in and out of rehab, he has been arrested multiple times for shoplifting, and is constantly getting fired from his jobs. He rarely pays child support. I don't trust him to leave my children alone with him because he is always messed-up, and I have managed for the most part to achieve that. However, he calls me all day while my children are at school. He has already called 7 times before lunch today, and I have told him the boys are still sleeping, but he just keeps calling. I would love to take him back to court, but I just cannot afford much. Is there anything I can do?
Your focus is very misplaced. He's behind on support. Get a lawyer and file for contempt. Best case scenario: that makes him pay to avoid jail,gets you an award of legal fees and gets an order regarding his calls. Worst case: he goes to jail for no support and can't call.
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Taking him back to court may be the best option. Maybe not.
You could tell him when he’s allowed to call you and when he’s not, preferably in writing.
If the calls persist, you stop by a police department where almost any officer would be willing to call him from your phone and let him know that 1. he’s talking to the police and 2. that you’ve voiced a complaint for harassment and 3. to attempt to get him to agree to stop the calls. That usually works.
Otherwise, a court action to append to your divorce decree may be warranted.
Your focus should be on the unpaid child support, as Mr. Ashman points out. If you meant that he is paid up but pays irregularly, another possibility is a modification of custody spelling out when he can call and other provisions left out in the initial parenting plan. Consult with a lawyer before doing anything yourself.
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