Greetings. Is this the Usher song you are referring to in your “handle?”
Why have you not had a hearing yet? Yes, a judge generally awards child support retroactively to the date of filing the claim for chils support. The court may deviate from the guidelines depending on all circumstances.
You may also want to file an equitable distribution claim and ask for an interim distribution to sell the marital residence, so that you can do away with his mortgage payment to free up more money for your children.
No, you should not have to enroll your child in daycare prior to court. I think that you can take evidence of what daycares in your area would cost and testify that you checked into them and how much they would cost, what their availability is, etc.
You do not need mediation for child support, only custody. You can have a child support hearing separately from child custody. I would go ahead and have the child support hearing as soon as possible. Best of luck and let us know if we can help.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney at Law
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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