You need to respond and respond honestly. She can't drop the claim because she is receiving public benefits. If she is comitting fraud, you don't want to do the same. It is unfortunate that she is making that choice, but you cannot also be involved in a crime.
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I am sorry that you are going through this. If you are comfortable with the current schedule and financial arrangments then you have a risk of that changing by going to court, however, you cannot be held hostage by her that any time you disagree she threatens to go to court. You should meet with a local attny and discuss what are the best case and worst case scenarios that way you will have a healthy concern for court or you may want to go, either way you will have information and not fear, never negotiate through fear. take care.
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Call your local bar or use the AVVO find a lawyer feature to get a referral to a family attorney near you. You must file a response to the petition filed against you. Keep fastidious records of all child support you pay and get receipts if you give cash. You will be responsible for child support. The fact that you provide insurance for the child will give you a credit in child support calculations.
Discovery will need to be undergone to ascertain your wife's income if she is not disclosing the cash she receives. You will need an attorney, to help you file responsive pleadings, obtain discovery, and work out the parent sharing and child support issues.
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