Be an Advocate for Your Child
Here are some stories of parents who fought for and succeed collecting child support.
Melissa of Mendocino, CA Shares Her Family Support Success Story!
I asked the District Attorney’s, Family Support Bureau to file a Motion to Show Cause Contempt action to collect back support. When there was no action and no one would talk to me, I called the Interim Director to advise him of the law, and of the behavior exhibited by his employees. Finally they filed the contempt motion. I informed the Interim Director that a lack of legal action had put my son and myself in jeopardy.
Within six days there was a check for over five thousand dollars in the mail!
Cathy S. Shares Her Wage Attachment Success Story!
I have been trying to get my child support started again for several years. I had been receiving $907 per month via a wage assignment. My children’s father had quit his job and moved to Oregon! I had his home address and phone number in Oregon, but not where he was working. It took the District Attorney’s office a year to find his employer and get his wages attached! I received three checks, and then he went out on disability.
I discovered that it is so important to be persistent in these Child Support issues.
After calling the Sacramento Family Support Division on to find out if the noncustodial parent is back to work, I actually got a call back the same day saying on November 20, his wages were attached, and that on that SAME day they attached his bank account for over $4300.00!
The noncustodial parent owes almost $16,00.00 in back support. I will continue to advocate for my children until he is paid up!
Gail B. Probate Success Story!
Gail attempted to get her local Michigan Friend of the Court to collect child support seven years. They failed to enforce the order; the father resisted paying the support due. When her daughter’s father unexpectedly passed away she asked the Friend of the Court for help to attach his estate and to take action to assure her daughter’s inheritance.
The Friend of the Court told her that the back child support due would never be collected and that there was nothing they would do about the inheritance. Gail found out that there was a sizable estate, so she contacted Probate Court and represented herself. After a rather long and tedious court battle, her daughter and her received a phone call a few days after Christmas telling them that they were entitled to part of the estate and that the checks we ready to be picked up! Her daughter received over $6000 inheritance and $13,000 was paid towards back support due! This was excellent news for Gail and her daughter, after so many long ears of struggle and going up against the State of Michigan. They are both ecstatic and overwhelmingly happy. So good to see justice prevail!
Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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