Collecting Child Support From Under the Table Earners from the Child Support Expert Geraldine Jensen
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Collecting Child Support Fromm Under the Table Earners
Question: I have a court order for child support. No payment has been made since last Feb. I have been in constant contact with the division of child support enforcement with no results. I have been told that he is not working and not receiving unemployment benefits.
I know he is living off of something I don’t think it is right that I have to take care of my son by myself. I was told later that we are waiting on a court date. How long does it take? I know there is some kind of money flowing through his hands. He told me that he was not going to pay me any money.
I know that his ex-wife works (well used to) for social services. I just hope that there is nothing crooked going on. What can I do to help speed up the process? How far is he able to get behind before he goes to jail? This is really just pitiful. What is my next step? Please help me as soon as possible..
It sounds like some investigation is needed, a contempt of court hearing will not help collect any support unless there is some evidence he has income.
Make sure the Government child support division does a credit check on him and subpoena’s his bank records before the contempt hearing. They should also do a State Parent Locator to look for assets. Make sure they check to see if he received some type suit lump sum payment – lawsuit, worker’s comp, lottery, etc. Write the Government child support division director and request this, doing this in writing gives you proof you requested it. When you get to the court hearing and it has not happened, tell the judge(referee, magistrate) that the agency did not do it and ask the judge to set up a review hearing for after the investigation process. Ask the judge (referee, magistrate) to order the government child support division to do the investigation.
Help gather evidence, does he have any friends you can talk to try to find out if he is working off his? Have you called his house during the day, is he home? Did he have any hobbies he might be trying to turn into a job?
– Geraldine Jensen
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