The mother of my child and I have been managing support and custody of our son without a legal agreement. She recently made a new and outrageous demand of child support (around 65% of my net income) and said if I did not pay it, she would reveal embarrassing and compromising information about me to my employer and coworkers. I would prefer that I have primary custody of my son. Could this help me?
It could. But generally the court looks to the children’s best interest. It’s not clear that this blackmail attempt would implicate that.
You should have an in person consultation with an attorney to determine what the right amount of child support is pursuant to the child support guidelines at which time decisions can be made. While her threat of blackmail is immoral, it is unlikely to have any bearing on the issue of custody, which is looked at under a best interests standard.
This answer does not constitute the establishment of an attorney/client relationship nor is there any guarantee that this advice will be completely effective in a court of law. A consultation, including review of court orders and other documents is necessary in order for me to give you proper advice and guidance.
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