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Old 08-21-2007, 02:21 PM   #1
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Child Support help needed
I am trying to find some resources for a good friend of mine. Her son has been formally diagnosed with Asperger's, and already had hearing loss and special needs. She really got shafted on child support, (two kids, one is special needs, and she only gets 400 a month, and he makes into the 100,000's a year. oy) and is going to file an amendment to it in Kansas.

The problem is she can't afford a lawyer, so is looking for resources to assist her in filing, or just a website she can post on to get some good information and feedback to do this all herself.

If anyone knows of anything I can pass on to her, I would be grateful.
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Old 08-21-2007, 02:26 PM   #2
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If she is on public assistance they usually have people to help with those things.
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Old 08-21-2007, 02:31 PM   #3
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Has your friend tried contacting Social Services? I see that you are in Montana, here is a link for the state's social services website:

http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/csed/index.shtml

The government can help you, if you know ways to squeeze every little bit out of it .. all I had to search for was Montana State Social Services .. you may be able to find more about what you are looking for, searching for something more specific. Hope this helps.
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Old 08-21-2007, 02:37 PM   #4
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Oh, I see your friend is in Kansas. Here are some links for that:

http://www.srskansas.org/services.htm
http://www.srskansas.org/onlineapp/index.html
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Old 08-21-2007, 03:06 PM   #5
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She lives in Georgia, but the divorce was in KS, and her ex still lives there, so apparently she has to apply for the amendment there. She isn't on public assistance, but can't touch the bit of retirement money she got in the divorce.

I think she really just needs to find a board where people have been there, done that, and can give a little advice and support. It would also help if she could just talk to someone about procedure, or read about it somewhere, but it seems as if it's difficult to suss all that out.

I just really feel for her. She was trying so hard to keep everything together, and he already had another chick waiting to move in, so she basically got out lawyered and rammed through the system. She should be getting three times what she is getting for her two sons, and now that she has another diagnosis for her disabled son it would be a good time to file an amendment.
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Old 08-21-2007, 03:15 PM   #6
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Having been through this with my ex, the best advice I can give you is to call the state attorney general.

Here in Texas, my ex played job hopscotch, and we finally got the state involved, and they filed with his job to force the employer to garnish his wages. Of course, he wasnt paying at all, and owes me over 10 grand.

TBH, I think that the state AG could help her with legal papers, and stuff, especially with the new diagnosis for her son.

Best of luck to her! I know exactly how she feels!
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Old 08-21-2007, 03:20 PM   #7
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Kansas does have a legal aid program. It's based on your income. Here's their site. HTH.

http://www.kansaslegalservices.org/Home/PublicWeb
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