Question: My husband hasn't paid child support in 4 months. He makes a lot of money working for a big bank in Atlanta and he spends his money on his new girlfriend who used to be a stripper and on his boat and on his Corvette collection. So he has money to pay child support but he refuses to pay me.
He said that he doesn't feel like he should pay me now that I have a job. He says that I spend too much money on myself for clothes and shoes and cosmetics. But I really don't and I actually spend much less on myself than when we were married. When we were married he encouraged me to have plastic surgery on my lips and my buttocks (I had a Brazilian butt lift).
And he said my daughter shouldn't play the tuba because he said it's a dumb instrument. But she loves the tuba and wants to take lessons 3 days a week. She wants to play for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra someday.
So he just stopped paying child support. Now I need a child support attorney. What should I do to make him pay? Can he just stop paying support?
M.A. in Roswell
Answer: No, your former husband cannot just unilaterally stop paying child support. You need to file a contempt petition to have a court order him to pay you the child support. If he still refuses he can be sent to jail for contempt.
That he thinks you spend too much money on yourself and that he is unhappy with your daughter's choice of musical instrument is irrelevant. If he wants to try to modify his child support obligation, he needs to file a petition with the court and legally demonstrate why such a modification is warranted.
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