How I Fought the Child Support System and Won

20 May

About 2 1/2 years ago when I was still an AP Clerk making just above minimum wage I received a letter in the mail from the Attorney General informing me that I must sign my kids up under a health insurance plan offered through my job.  Upon receiving this letter I began to cry simply because I knew what I was in for. See, my job offers a very expensive health insurance plan, approximately $350 per paycheck (I was paid bi-weekly) and if you do the math, that amount on a minimal pay job with 3 kids was devasting for me.  I had my kids on Medicaid and last time I checked Medicaid was for those who need financial assistance.  I sadly accepted what I could not control at that point and did the best I could to manage on a small paycheck.   Several months later I began to do some research online about the requirements for child support and healthcare.  I found that normally the father of the children should have them under his insurance.  Further research and I found that I could file all this paperwork through the courts on my own. No legal help needed here.  I managed to get all the required paperwork and somehow managed to get my kids’ father to sign off on the paperwork as well (only because I agreed to have his child support lowered by a decent amount). I submitted everything to the courts, got my courtdate about 2 weeks later, stood in front of the judge and pled my case.  He accepted it and just like that I was free from this burden on my paycheck.  I was surprised and proud of myself at the fact that I was able to do this on my own.  It was the first time I ever fought anything and won.  So if any of you single moms/dads out there are going through the same thing or something similar know that there are ways around it or ways to better your situation.  I cannot offer legal advice because I am not a licensed professional but I can give you tips on how I managed to fight and win.




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