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Yes, her move to South Carolina may constitute a substantial change in circumstances. Of course, that is a determination made by the court.
North Carolina may imput income if the court feels that a party has suppressed their income in bad faith. That is difficult to prove, but it sounds like you might have some good testimony on that.
If you are only going to court over child support, then there is no mediation. If it’s child custody, then there is mediation.
If you think she’s working elsewhere, but not calculating that income in the support, then you do need proof. A PI can certainly help to provide proof that she’s working somewhere else. You can also subpoena her tax records, assuming her employer is reporting her income.
As far as getting married is concerned, get married because you really want to get married, not because of a child custody issue. Making a decision like that under such stressful circumstances could harm your relationship in the long run.
Shonnese D. Stanback
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