I'm currently about to go into a contempt against my ex for breaking the 50-50 joint custody that's in order but now she filed a contempt form child support after I have receipts I paid something towards it and now they're garnishing my paycheck and I have printed out my checks stubs besides the ones I have already paid with money orders. Every time I take her to court trying to get my kids she always puts obstacles in my way to prevent this from happening, last time she put false allegations of abuse to my son and I got that to go away and I have to represent myself because I don't have money for a lawyer I just cannot pay 800.00 a month and be able to keep my apartment and I have a new family as well. I also have receipts for clothes, shoes, phone, and field trips as evidence that I have been supportive my children and in the custody order it says I haven't taken care of my kids in 6 years, but we've been split up since 2013 and that's only 5 years everything is a lie coming from her and I need advice on what to do because I'm the parent that has the best interest of my children and she is using them as a way to get income and since I decided to fight back in court it's been hell
Unfortunately your expenses aren't included in the calculation at all. If you cannot afford your child support plus the extra expenses you incur for the children, you need to stop paying for the extras.
I agree with the prior attorney. One thing to think about is if the child support amount under the guidelines exceeds the reasonable expenses for the child, you could ask for a modification of child support and file a notice of deviations from the guidelines. That deviation notice will allow you to discuss why the guideline amount would not be equitable under the terms of your individual circumstance.
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