Collecting child support/ contempt of court in Colorado. I need advice where do i go from here??

Lori - posted on 07/20/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi, thanks for reading in advance. I am in Colorado trying to collect child support from an out of state dead beat. If your advice to me is to NOT expect any child support, please don't bother replying. I've been over it a million times in my head, and my kids need it and they are worth it...

I have twin 10 year olds and their father resides in Ohio, I am in Colorado. I have yet another contempt hearing in a couple weeks and i really want to hit him where it hurts. He has the means to pay but he is greedy and his heart is not there. He has not seen his kids (from me anyway) since they were crawling. Since then, he has not sent a card or present on ANY occasion and drops off whenever i have proposed him calling the kids at certain times on a certain day, claiming any excuse he can think of for not calling. Long story short- No effort.

He is over 40,000 in arrears based on 3-4 years on being on state aid @ 300-420$ a month and then a few years back being raised up to $600/month ordered through CSE, who seem to not do much at all. He will not pay for months and months, and years and then when he is up for contempt he'll make a payment to avoid jail time and being taken from his "new family" who he is starting over with and wants to wipe us out of his life.

What i really want is to make it so that does not happen. This is the advice i am looking for. He is a business owner and owns several houses that he fixes and flips (while i live in a small 2 bedroom apt. where my 10 year old kids share a room) I have physical disabilities from a car accident unabling me to work various positions even though i work in pain. He puts his assets in his wives name and hides behind her. He makes an occasional $200 monthly payment for our 2 children. Not enough to get a lawyer or private investigator, besides i have no idea where to even go to get help. Can i even get anywhere with everything put under someone elses name?

If you have advice or resources for me PLEASE let me know.
Thank You!
God Bless.

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Kristin - posted on 07/24/2012

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I know that in Canada you can request a full finacial disclosure on someone especially if they own their own business and are ordered to pay child support. I am not sure what the laws are in the USA but I am positive that they should be similar. And if he is hiding stuff on his taxes to avoid child support than I am sure the IRS will have a problem with that. If I were you I would definately look into it, becasuse you may even be able to include his wifes income into the child support calculation. I encourage you to really consider getting a lawyer through legal aid or even calling a free lawyer advice hotline (we have one here in Canada and Im sure the States will have one as well). Good luck.

Lori - posted on 07/23/2012

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So you are saying that i could ask the judge for a full disclosure of marital assets and that he could possibly get their father to disclose them for review and possibly taxes as well? Has anybody had a similar experience???

Alisha - posted on 07/23/2012

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The residing court is where ever the children and custodial parent reside.....as long as it is more than 30 days......also, you can file your own hearing....you just have to inform the CSE that you're doing it.

Kristin - posted on 07/20/2012

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Have you looked into obtaining a lwayer through legasl aid? Maybe ask for a full disclosure of his marital assets and see what the judge has to say. Maybe the judge will see that he is hiding asserts to avoid payments and in essence is also working over the government? It is tricky because he does own his own business, which is why i suggest getting a lawyer who wil be able to help you more than doing it on your own. I wish you luck God bless

Lori - posted on 07/20/2012

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Thanks for replying, If i went to court, i would have to travel to Ohio and i don't have any $. Assets are all under his wives name. He intentionally works the system that way so he doesn't lose anything. He also claims that he doesn't work and his business isn't doing well, garnishes don't happen because he is self employed and doesn't claim.

Linda - posted on 07/20/2012

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Not sure what the law is in your area but here in California if you go to court a judge can make an a decision as far as assets are concerned. I don't see what the hold up is with garnishing his wages as of yet

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