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I was sent, certified mail, a letter from my ex husbands attorney

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I was sent, certified mail, a letter from my ex husbands attorney stating that i need to sign a "full and final release of child support" form. He is giving me 7 days or he will take it to the judge and make me pay a $100 dollar penalty, plus all attorney fees, and have them garnished from my wages. Is this legal? I just received the letter this last thursday.
Why would they want you to sign a "full and final release of child support" form? Has the child support obligation ended?

What state are you in?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

yes it ended, but my son is only 19 and may move back home and he is still obligated to pay for half of his college. will that take his obligation for college payment away if i sign?

Is the obligation to pay for college classified as child support in the order? Also, I do need to know what state this is in.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Yes, it is stated that he has to pay half of all out of pocket expenses for college in the divorce decree and child custody order. Iowa

If the college obligation is classified as child support then that release would mean he didn't have to pay it.

I have never heard of a court anywhere in the country that would fine you or order you to a pay attorney's fees for refusing to sign a release and particularly not when an obligation is not completed. It sounds like the attorney is trying to bully you.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

My ex husbands attorney sent me a copy (i believe out of his law book) of a page titled "trial and judgment section 624.37, satisfaction of judgment- penalty. would this refer to me? My ex husband has already received a statement from child support recovery unit stating that his obligation with them (monthly payments for child support) has been fulfilled

It wouldn't apply if the college was classified as child support. If the child support is paid off then there is an obligation to provide a satisfaction of judgment. A satisfaction of judgment is different than a release.

That section you are referring to is a statute in Iowa.

The best solution for you at this time is to have a local attorney write back and tell them that you will sign a satisfaction of judgment but it has to be worded in such a way that it doesn't release him from any obligation for college.

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