Crazy Child Support!! (massachusetts edition)
So, looooong story short: about 2 1/2 years ago, Wise Judge (sarcasm) allowed BM ("Psycho") to move 1500 miles away with SSs. Dh got totally screwed. The 2 things that he didnt get screwed on: Wise Judhe wanted to retain jurisdiction. That means everytime Psycho wants to change anything she has to come here. Also, Wise Judge took into consideration that DH would have to fly SSs back pretty regularly so he reduced CS to make up for that. And DH has flown them regularly.
Now, before all this Psycho would be in court every 6 months to get more CS. Now that shes 1500 miles away it is relatively quiet and in the 2 1/2 years she has no sought a court action.
DH got laid off. His job completely out of the blue decided to eliminate his division nationwide. So now hes on unemployment. I said "maybe you should go file a modification of CS" He said he wanted to talk with his attorney first.
So he talked with her today. She said since the time of DH's last judgment, Massachusetts has changed its child support guidelines calculations. Now, someone correct me if we heard wrong, but she told us the court would not take into consideration Psycho's pay???? Um, she makes 2 -3 times more than DH! DH's attorney said if he went in for a modification now, he would only have it lowered by about $10/week- and this is on unemployment!! And after he got a job, with her calculations based on his (dismal) earnings last year, his CS would double! So she said to be quiet!! Oh, AND she said Judges are less likely to take into consideration things like DH having to pay to fly his kids to visit.
I thought courts were becoming MORE progressive? Why, oh why would they only take into consideration 1 parents' income? Its obvious they are trying to stick it to dads who actually want to see their kids! If Psycho ever smartens up and goes for a modification we'd be screwed! There would be no money for airfare for visitations!!
I swear, we are barely making it now. The middle class is totally screwed. So, here we are, DH STILL making the same CS payments on unemployment as he was when he was working because he is scared to go into court. Real great system we got here.