Joint Custody and Child Support

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I do not have a custody court order, (in the process, having trouble agreeing on everything). We basically go on a 2-2-3 schedule, I always have more overnights. 2014- my son had 190 overnights with me. (I have kept calendars of exact overnights for each parent) (I estimated the rest of this year to add into totals) it was exactly the same as 2014, 190 overnights for me. I just filed for child support. I got a call from my case worker about information he provided. (He said we have joint/shared legal and physical custody of our son and that he had 183 overnights with our sun last year. False information given on his part regarding overnight stays. I don't know if he thought I was not keeping up with info. He has always said he wanted joint custody as he thought he wouldn't owe support. I carry my sons health insurance, the support was calculated and he refused to sign it, so now apparently we go to court. The guidelines are pretty straight forward in calculating support order. I have all of the calendars with exact numbers for his overnight stays. How will it be handled in court? I have my documentation, but it's basically his word against mine. I'm not sure how to handle this, any information will be greatly appreciated.

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Michelle - posted on 08/23/2015

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All I can say that the difference is only 7 nights, is that such a big deal over a whole year?
Child support is based on each of you paying support to each other based on income (in shared care situations). Obviously the person earning more pays a small amount to the other.
If you really wanted to be amicable about, you wouldn't bother about the child support orders, just get the care sorted out.
I have done 50/50 shared care for over 10 years and we don't bother with child support. If the children need anything while with me I get it, if they need something while with Dad, he gets it. We go 50/50 in school fees and anything else to do with education.

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Jodi - posted on 08/23/2015

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LOL, you know, I didn't even bother to add it up when I responded! But yeah, a bit petty really.

Dove - posted on 08/23/2015

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Why are you being so nit picky over a few days? That's ridiculous and makes you look extremely petty. He had him ALMOST half a year whether it was exact or not... you ARE splitting time fairly even. Call it 50/50 and get over yourself. Do you really want to FIGHT in court over 7 out of 365 days?! Ridiculous.....

Jodi - posted on 08/23/2015

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Do you have a court order with visitation specified? Generally they will go by that unless the two of you can agree otherwise.

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