Child Support trial in New York state
So my SO is headed to "trial" in NYS family court for chid support. Her and her ex have been divorced for nearly 4 years. Long story short, he took a lower amount payout on the refi of their residence. And, because of this he got 2 1/2 years of relief from paying child support. It was a good move for both of them. Now, its time for him to begin paying child support. Of course he says he cant pay, doesnt have any money, etc...
She had a court date in November with the Support Magistrate. Her ex asked for and was given a delay (I know thats not the legal term) so he could consult an attorney. Today was the 2nd court date and he didnt show. The Magistrate is sending him a default letter and has scheduled a trial date for April. The Magistrate told my SO she could bring witnesses and all necessary/required paperwork, proof, etc (W2's, paystubs, proof of insurance)
The kids are 17 & 14 and spend no time with their father. He was verbally and emotionally abusive to them and mom for years and continues to have no real responsibility in their lives. Their divorce agreement gives joint custody but he always made excuses why he could pick up on his time, etc.... I know this doesnt affect child support responsibilities, but I just wanted to mention.
Any advice from folks who have been through support trial in NYS? What type of witnesses should she bring? Should she consult attorney?