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Can the money actually be bartered? If I say I will take the $10,000.00, it will seem so unfair. If I don't, they're saying I MAY not get anything. Is this true?
Can the money actually be bartered? If I say I will take the $10,000.00, it will seem so unfair. If I don't, they're saying I MAY not get anything. Is this true?.I really hate situations like this where a deadbeat parent has essentially found a way to avoid their full obligations due to a lack of interest in the prosecutor for "holding their feet to the fire". But to be very honest with you, the answer is yes, if the AG decides this is not a big enough fish for them to devote their time and resources pursuing since daughter is now an adult, then it could result in you getting nothing now. This is because if the AG doesn't want to pursue it, they are the top law enforcement agency in the state so there is no one higher that could force them other than the courts under a "writ of mandamus". The problem is that you would spend $10K on an attorney trying to force the AG to do his job..As I said, you could stand the chance of getting nothing now. That doesn't mean that you couldn't collect in the future because there is no statute of limitations on a child support arrearage. So if the father ever got a job or inherited money, you could pursue him for the arrearages at that point..But from a purely practical viewpoint, although I hate to say it, there is some truth to the old saying "half a loaf is better than none"... If you are looking at having to chase the father around the country trying to collect for years and years or getting a lump sum now, I know what I would have to bite the bullet and do... I would demand 50% of the arrearages though...which is entirely reasonable given the circumstances.....ThanksBarrister
Can I take the $10,000.00 now and have the rest of the money due remain an open case?
Thanks! But...this really sucks!! I don't know what to do! Take the offer or wait...I know I have to make my mind up on my own, but if I wait it out, the whole sum would sure come in handy. Now I know how people like him can get away with cheating their own children out of a better life!! I am so frustrated! A sure thing now...or the waiting game again for years and years. Sorry for the rant. What if I hired an attorney? Could they get more than my arguing with the AG?
Ok. I'm going to agree to the lump sum. Thank you so very much for your help! I greatly appreciate it! Nice to meet you. Have a great day!
P.S. You said "ex". Thank God I never married the idiot!!