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IF there is no court order in place, you cannot go back and collect amounts you should have been paid before. Depending on your state, there is a child support calculater that tracks the statutes on support which is a function of incomes. what state?
I'm afraid the calculator controls. You can make an application to reduce even before an order comes down based on the facts. Whether she brings the application or you is not important. When all are before the court, all issues will be addressed.
What type of facts do the courts accept as far as reducing the payments? Does debt factor in? Rent? Other monetary obglitations?
Is there something that we can have the mother sign that states that she will not go after child support? Is there a way that, without having to go to court, we can come to a legal agreement on a reasonable amount that we are willing to pay and make sure that she can't come back a few years later and ask for back child support?
All of the above...Forget the agreement...if she breaches, you have a long drawn out breach of contract action. GET THE ORDER/
EITHER can apply to set the support. Retain counsel to do it right.
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