My BF has a 12 yr old son with a college GF. Never married, the relationship ended when the child was 2. He has always had to fight her to see his son and has always paid his child support on time. For the past 8 yrs they have had joint custody and he continued to pay child support. the last time they went to court 2 yrs ago the judge order her to get a job and lowered his payment substantially. She lives off her mother mostly and occasionally will get a part-time job but it never lasts long. he recently started receiving paperwork from the welfare office to prove his income. She is trying to receive welfare assistance. He is worried that this will increase his child support, or the government will garnish his wages.
Also If the mother cant afford the financial responsibility is it reasonable to request majority custody and the mother to get the child on the weekends?
If she does get benefits, he will be contacted by DCSS although the amount may or may not change.
If mother is receiving benefits, there is a possibility that the support amount may change. The Department of Child Support Services will likely contact him soon. Several factors come into play. They will determine whether his income has increased or decreased since the current orders were made. If her income at the time was $0, then there most likely is no change with regard to her income. You may want to have him contact a family law attorney in the area if and when a motion is filed to modify support.
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