I am very sorry to hear this;
the bankruptcy attorney is correct- child support obligations that are court ordered, whether via an ongoing order or a judgment, are not dischargeable.
The court will look to one's ability to pay before making an order/judgment, unless the party consents to a specific amount. That formula requires looking at current income, number of children, etc. So if an attorney negligently failed to take that into account, and voluntarily agreed to the amount without the client's consent and without advising client of that information, the client has 2 alternatives:
1. file a complaint with the state bar for disciplinary action against the attorney; each state has a fund that is set aside to compensate clients for any financial harm caused by the wrongful actions of their attorney; information on that is here:
Then one can also proceed with a negligence case, the damages being what should have been ordered and what was ordered.
2. Ask the attorney to file a motion with the court to set aside the judgment due to attorney mistake, surprise, neglect, inadvertence. The court has the equitable authority to do this; this would then require the parties to relitigate the amount of support to be paid.
Generally if the parents had an agreement that the parent would not attempt to seek support, most courts will not consider that agreement, as they consider support a child's right, and so the parent is generally not allowed to waive it unless the parental rights are legally terminated.
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