I have been trying to get a settlement agreement with my STBX for nearly three years now. He has been a consultant for 12 years and has always had periods of unemployment between jobs. Now he has had a longer period of no work and has filed for unemployment. Fortuantely he makes good money when working and has a history of a good income, including 2009. If I try to settle now will I have to settle for a percentage of unemployment vs. an average income? He has waited for this extended period of time to obtain the services of an attorney. Conincidental? I think not.
You do not have to settle at all, you may want to take him to court and seek a support award based on his ability to earn if you believe he is depressing his income in bad faith.