My son’s father and I were never married, he was born in Alabama in 1998. In 2006, my son and I moved to North Carolina and have resided here ever since. There has never been any court proceeding involving custody or support, his father and I worked it out between us and he has paid $300/mo (more or less) since my son was born. We have not had any real issues, until now.
My son has been visiting his father in AL since 6/19/10. I found out today, accidently, that his father filed for temporary custody on 6/29/10 in AL, citing abandonment by me. He gave a non-existent address for me (as in, it truly doesn’t even exist) and used my maiden name, and I have phone records proving contact in the weeks leading up to (and since) that date. I have retained an attorney in AL and will seek a show cause hearing next week. Once I have my son back, I will return to NC and seek custody proceedings here.
I am really not worried about getting custody of my son…at almost 11, he has lived with me his entire life and I work for the federal government with a Top Secret clearance…in other words, there are no lifestyle issues either. At this point, the gloves are off, however. I have had to cash out my retirement and take a 24% tax penalty off the top in order to hire an attorney. Looking at the child support calculator, he should be paying roughly $600/mo in support. Does NC allow for back child support previous to the support order? I know Alabama will allow for it up to 24 months prior to the order, but I couldn’t find anything on NC. I worked two and three jobs to provide for my son in trying to keep things amicable with his father, and this is what I get.