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You can't "reopen" the divorce case, too much time has passed. When the divorce was pending, you had the ability to contest whatever you desired and to be involved in the establishment of the final judgment. After the divorce was finalized, you had a period of time, probably about 30 days, to appeal the judgment, that time has clearly passed.
However, you certainly have the ability to address child support again. Child support is always subject to adjustment, regardless of the time that has passed. You would need to file a petition to modify the support. Such a petition would need to detail some change in circumstances sufficient to warrant an increase.
As to that change, it could include an increase in the needs of the child, an increase in his income, a decrease in your income, or any other such change in circumstances.
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Please tell me about the last requested increase; how was it handled, what was the outcome, etcetera.
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You can handle the matter either way, filing it yourself of using the services of the child support unit. It really depends on which method YOU prefer.
Doing it yourself - You would need to file the petition for an increase on your own and handle the litigation. Of course, if you can afford an attorney, the attorney can make the process much easier. This method would be more difficult, if you do it on your own, or more expensive, if you hire an attorney. However, it puts control of the matter in your hands and, as such, can lead to a better result.
Use child support services - They will handle the litigation for you, making the process easier. However, as you experienced last time, the control in hugely in their hands and the outcome may not be what you want.
So, if you are interested in the best possible result, consider doing it yourself. Conversely, if you are interested in making the process easier, consider using child support services.
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