I have been separated for 6mos., we have 4 children. When he and I split we had a verbal agreement for him to pay 1000 a month for child support and 500 a month to buy me out of our small business. He refused to sign a separation agreement and I did not have the money to go through a lawyer. As the months have gone bye he has paid less and less, this month he has paid nothing. He has run the business into the ground, he now says it is worth nothing and has taken a job part time for 10 an hour. He has told me he shouldn’t have to pay anything for the kids, I left and I have to deal with it. I have now started the child support process through social services but his income has gone from 6000 a month to about 1500 because “I only have myself I need to support, why should I work more”, so I assume I will get an insignificant amount through SS. Hindsight being 20/20 there are a lot of decisions I could have made differently to make my situation better but now don’t know what to do. My questions are:
I will be evicted soon w/ 4 children unless he comes up with some money to help. I don’t expect it. I am seeing someone now that I have known for years, the kids love him and things are great. He has offered to let us move in with him because of this situation. Because we are still married, can my ex come back at me for moving in with another man?
Are there any resources to help me with other financial situations. I can’t afford a lawyer. He ran the business into the ground specifically to not have to pay me. He has one contract remaining which is worth about $2500 a month gross, but claims he breaks even with it or even loses money. Before we split he started a new company without me knowing and got this contract under it. I am starting my own company in the same field (commercial cleaning) but he has burned too many bridges, and bad mouthed me to much, for me to pick up the contracts he has thrown away. I have a million financial questions about the business but those can wait for another post, my main concern is do I have any recourse with no money to hire a lawyer, and is this 2nd business with the one contract still half mine under marital assets.
Thank you for your time and any responses