I am almost $5000 in support arrears for my LO.
Ex refuses to pay because I have married and had another child. In ex's eyes his bio child is my DH's responsibility now.
Ex has done every single thing possible I believe to avoid the agency and paying. He is working for cash in hand, under an ABN, has his car and bank accounts in other family members names, you name it, he seems to be fluent in all the loopholes.
So I was just wondering. Does anyone else believe my DH should be responsible for my LO, because he married me? Does that give the bio parent the right to chronically avoid paying CS for his child? In my ex's (and his family as well, but that's another story) opinion ex has washed his hands of me, and his child, so he is no longer responsible, financially or otherwise, because I chose to get married to a lovely man who has taken on my LO as his own.
Ex has not seen his child for 6 years. Child is now 8 years old. Bio has never sent a birthday card, never sent a Christmas present. Nothing.
In the very beginning of my relationship with DH, I tried to maintain contact with ex, and also encouraged ex to have access to his child, but ex was never really interested. I have heard he denies this, and says I cut him off from seeing his child, which is another reason why he believes he should not be liable for child support.
Anyway I am interested in others' opinions on this. I suppose it comes down to ex not having any contact with his child, and being liable for child support or not? Should liable parents be able to ignore their legal responsibilities because a parent partners up, or marries?