Child support and visitation help

Val - posted on 11/03/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 16 and has many disabilities. She was born with multiple heath complications. She had open heart surgery at 6 months old and 9 months and many more! She will need them throughout her life. Her "dad" has not been a father figure and don't pay support. Just gives $20-$30 here and there.
He now insists on seeing her when my daughter don't want to because he was mean to her some months back and never shows up when he was suppose to or cancels on her at the last minute or is hungover or just not always in a bad mood to her. She got sick of it. She feels like she can't say things to him because she is afraid when he get's mad. One time he got upset with her and smashed his cell and told her it was her fault.It's NOT healthy. She is very sensitive and sweet. I can't believe he treats her this way. Now he says he wants to take her/us to court to make her see him. Can the court make her see him?

Also, he just got on SSI and says that they can make what he owes in child support go away so he won't have to pay it. He owes over $15,000. I can't see how this can happen.. Please if someone can help give advice or tips.. I would be grateful. Thanks.

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Jodi - posted on 11/03/2013

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I'd be very surprised if a court would force a 16 year old to go with a parent she doesn't want to. in fact, where I live, a court won't even bother with a custody case of a child this age. A 16 year old is old enough to make their own choice about it.

With regard to the back child support, I find it hard to believe they can wipe that. But I am not familiar with the law where you live. I know where I live, it wouldn't be.

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Val - posted on 11/04/2013

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Yeah, that's what I told him. I said I'm sure the court won't force her to go with him. That she is old enough to make her own choice. I also said if he takes his daughter to court he will leave with her hating him and maybe not even want to see him again. That this is his own fault for not appreciating her and his time together.

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