State Of New Jersey - Family Law / NJ Child Support Guidelines
In 2006, I was divorced. We went to court in Essex county and I was shafted in every way, shape and form during the divorce. I have one child (i am non custodial parent) so we worked out the child support as per the NJ Child Support Guidelines, but i got stuck with 100% of the driving too and from mom's house which is 25 miles away. Not really a big deal - I want to see my kid and I will do what it takes. I switched jobs a few months after the divorce. I have sent numerous letters and "Requests for Administrative Review" regarding my new employment, salary, mandatory deductions, etc. I did take a slight pay cut, and have mandatory deductions which are "supposed to be" calculated into the NJ Support Guidelines. I should be paying less.
Anyway, I receive a letter in the mail stating that my support obligation is being raised 7.2% for cost of living increases. I immediate typed another Request for Administrative Review and sent it on its way to the ESSEX COUNTY PROBATION OFFICE. I stated in my request that all increases i have received since 2001 to date did not equal 7.2% and due to the nature of my job, the current price of gas and my having to provide 100% of transportation, I am unable to afford an increase at this time. Well, just as I suspected, this request was circular filed as well. I can never get ahold of my case worker - never spoken to him in the 3 years Ive been divorced (hundreds of calls)
Then i receive another letter stating that they went ahead and increased the child support obligation.
A few months later, I receive ANOTHER letter stating that I am in arrears of $600 (they wanted retro to the beginning of the year even though they raised CS in March 08).. My support is deducted from my salary and I still have not paid what they say I owe. I have since had my DL renewed also and not a peep about arrears.
What the hell ??- I tried to play by the rules, and it is my child -and I want my child to have the best of everything -even if I cant be there 100% of the time - BUT I still have to keep a roof over my own head and pay through the nose. What is one to do when the State doesn't even comply with their own guidelines and rules?
I cant afford to go to court anymore, my letters are just tossed to the trash, and no humans ever answer the phones..
Maybe time for a news/media story??