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eternalburn Donating Member (400 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 09:10 AM
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12. I'm not sure how it works in Michigan but.....
...in Illinois the parent who is receiving the payments has to be the one to initiate action against the non-custodial parent for nonpayment of child support.

When I got divorced in 1993 my ex was required to pay $100 per month. I saw 3, maybe 4, payments. He started not showing up for visits and basically dropped out of our lives. I have never gone after him for back child support which has accumulated to over $10,000 owed and he has never been questioned on it by any agency, state or federal.

I figure my son is better off without his influence or lack of priorities.

I think your friend could probably get by with paying as much as he can per month as long as his lack of work is documented by an outside objective party. You can't get blood from a stone, ya know. As long as he shows he is trying to help care for his kids the courts will take that into account. Relieving the mother of some costs, such as child care (while he is unemployed he can watch the kid/kids) would probably be helpful as well.

I wish your friend luck :)
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