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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 09:41 AM
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18. That's how it works in Michigan also
Edited on Fri Jan-14-05 09:44 AM by lwfern
Believe me, if my ex (here in Michigan) misses a month or two, he is not automatically locked up. When he was half a year behind and I filed papers with Friends of the Court, he was not locked up.

If the dad has the son 50% of the time, he can get child support abated during that time; he ought to have that written into the settlement. If he's paying for extras by choice above and beyond that, that's his own decision. Extra gifts by choice don't give him the right to pay less support. You don't get to give a child extravagant gifts or dinners out, and then not pay for their basic expenses to compensate.

I don't know the age of the child, but if a portion of that money was going to daycare because the mom was working, then he should realize daycare expenses don't stop because he's unemployed. If he stops paying so he doesn't go into debt, all that means is that the mom will be going into debt in his place.

$50,000 is more than enough to pay $1000 a month in support, and still save something for emergencies like that. Most people recommend saving 3-6 months living expenses in case you get laid off. Hell, I was a single mom earning $25,000 a year, getting no support for a time, and paying for day care. It sounds like even after his support expenses, your friend's annual salary was still more than my net pay - even with a few months of no salary. Basically he just needs to learn to live within his means.
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