I'm a divorced male with two children. My ex-wife created debt by not paying the HOA fees on the house she wanted in the divorce and not paying the DTE bill from the house. Now I'm being served on these bills. She went to FOC Wayne County for an increase. I was paying $715 a month. They increased it to $915. I can't afford all of this. My daughter is 12 and my son with special needs is 15. My ex receives state assistance with our son. She also has a babysitter provided by the state. I take care of my kids. I also am taking care of my mother who has dementia. I get my kids on the weekends and pick them up from school. What can I do to get the support lower? With all the judgments I have from the ex, I can't afford the increase and I have to pay to live as well.
This sounds more like a debt collection action. In the divorce, who is financially responsible for the HOA fees and utility bills. If the JOD gave her the responsibility, then I wonder why you are responsible. Did you get your name off of the utility bills and the HOA fees so your ex was solely/legally responsible. You might need to sue her for that money if the JOD made her responsible.
Your Judgment should spell out who is responsible for this debt assuming the Judgment was drafted by an attorney. You should take your situation to an attorney to review and see if anything can be done.
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This is a family law/divorce question. It sounds like YOU NEED AN ATTORNEY to protect your rights an interests.
First, why is your name still on the DTE bill? You do not live there anymore? What is your remaining interest the home?
Second, the HOA bills will likely take care of themselves.. if the HOA did it correctly it will foreclose on the house and your ex (and you) will actually loose ownership interest interest in the house so she will be homeless.
Third, you should have had the opportunity to challenge and review the FOC's actions in re-setting the child support. Did you get a request for information? Did you act? Was the paperwork right? If not you sat on your rights.
I have answered this question with a general knowledge of law. My answer does not create an attorney-client relationship.
You should retain an attorney to determine the proper amount that you should be paying in child support as required by the Michigan Child Support Formula. If you determine that you are paying too much you should file a motion to reduce your child support obligation. The motion will be effective and retroactive as to the date of filing so do not delay!
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