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how do i find out my ex spouse's income in order to update child support
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Your current child support order usually provides when the parents are supposed to exchange their financial information. Usually it is once a year where the parents are to exchange income information (tax forms and recent pay stubs). So that information should be in your child support orders and you should be able to request this from them. If you have a case with the child support enforcement agency then they can request the paperwork on your behalf. If the ex spouse refuses to comply you can file a contempt action for violating those orders. So look over your paperwork.

Typically the process is like this:

  • Once a year you can ask the other parent in writing to provide documents such as tax returns and pay stubs showing their income for the prior calendar year.
  • Within 30 days of the written request, the other parent must provide the documents to you.
  • You must also provide the other parent with documentation of your annual income for the same period that you are asking for their income information.
  • Do NOT file the written request in court. It is just between the parties.
  • You can only request the other parent's income information once a year. However, within a court case you can request this information through the discovery process.


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