Although separated 12 years, and divorced 10 years (and now remarried)...I am still amazed by the system.
My first wife, of whom I share two teens, continued even up to this last year to refuse to provide me any proof of income or work. Although I have voluntarily (as per the MSA) raised CS a bit over the last decade, based upon my income, I finally went back to the original amount (1200), when she refused to provide any tax info, income statements, etc this last few months. Our MSA notes a natural escalation clause, but it doesn't just apply to my income. Either way, I probably should have kept paying her the $1500 a month I had been the last few years, but I also had a legal right to know her income. I haven't technically violated anything and my attorney doesn't believe I will be paying retro on anything (since I have proof she refused to provide any income info, in an email). I am remarried, three children, etc. We are doing ok. We work hard, take care of our kids, etc. (the custodial matters with my eldest are another topic, but no huge issues).
So she files (interstate, UIFSA) case, for an increase, we have our settlement conf and hearing later this summer. I'm looking at maybe 2300, maybe a bit less with some permissible deviations. But, her income is listed as $710 a month. She has not worked full time in over ten years. In fact, not even 20 hours a week and for most years, not at all. Instead, just living there in her father's house with my kids, taking vacations, (on his or her siblings' dime). Blah blah blah.
Now, we all know what a joke inputted income is. I'm going to be paying more than the original order, either way. The state of MD could input a million dollars for the woman..she still isn't going to work. Only NCP parents have to worry about inputted income, because you have to actually show up with the cash, or risk prison.
So, despite their representations on their state webpage (like all states), this phony: "Children deserve the income of both parents", when MD raises my CS based upon my income, they are essentially adopting her position, which is: MY children deserve X amount over the original order, but only so long as it comes from their father..his labor, his income.
I'm not asking for advice. Just complaining (I get to do that, been thru all the battles at this point). How I would love a Judge Judy type to lean over the bench and shake her finger at her and tell her: Before you come to this court and demand ANYTHING, you do like every other 45 year old out there with a four year degree (since 1990). GET A JOB..doing ANYTHING.
Just too funny. Seriously. My wife just have to sit back and laugh sometimes to avoid going crazy. That a full grown adult can go to a court and get money from another adult to support those children she cares so much about ..that she refuses to work 40 hours a week herself to support...well, ya know the rest of the argument. Men are in prison for making only $710 a month..and they had no defense that they could provide a home for the children. No court ever cared about that. But nope..not with her. She's a mommy...