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Okay, been separated since December. stbx paid the appropriate child support for January-May. Now, no June payment and July isn't looking hopeful. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hopmad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hopping mad"> How do I go about getting caught up? We'll go to court in a couple months for the official divorce. What happens then? Does his pay get garnished or what? Is that my choice? I kind of don't think I want that because in January, he had refused to pay (would've been the first payment) and I went to welfare. Now that's all stopped since he's paying but I think welfare (Dept. of Revenue) will take the child support to repay themselves, right?..... Anyone have any idea of how MA works???<br><br>
Also, stbx is claiming that I can't get back support for June, July, etc until after our Divorce Agreement is signed. He's saying he's not even responsible until the date of the Divorce Agreement. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Can anyone clarify? To make matters worse, my lawyer was on a family emergency all last week and now this week, she's on vacation! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"> All I want to do is sign this freakin' Divorce Agreement but I want my lawyer to read it for once and for all and give her blessing! ARG!
 

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good luck! I don't know much but I think you have to ask for back child support. Things in my case were dependent upon date of separation.
 

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Call the child support prosecutor and have them go after him and garnish his wages. Your lawyer can even do that for you (mine did before we went our separate ways).<br><br>
If the support was court-ordered, it doesn't matter if your divorce was final or not. Don't listen to him! He's not even responsible enough to just pay his frickin' support...what does he know? Court-ordered means court-ordered. He pays or he pays. There's no other option for him, outside of maybe jail (depending on your state's policies).<br><br>
I'm not in MA, but in IN, the state adds the welfare cash onto the mans' arrearage and will take his taxes until it's all paid up. I'd ask my lawyer if I were you.
 

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I agree with Lucy. Getting X's wages garnished was the best thing I did. I never have to wait for X to cut a check or worry if it is going to come on time. Before I had the disbursment unit handle the c/s, I would have to wait and worry; sometimes x would give me a couple hundred dollars or nothing at all. In the end, he owed quite a bit of arrears. If you stbx refuses to pay, the DOR (or whoever handles wage garnishment) will calculate c/s based on when you two seperated (i.e. not living together any more), and if your x doesn't pay, he will be responsible for arrears, or back child support. You can tell him that if he doesn't pay for June and July, he will have to pay MORE to make up for it. That might get the ball rolling. If not, then at least you can expect some support when it is all said and done. Good luck!
 
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