After 4 years of paying child support as a non-custodial parent, I was awarded full custody of my children. I expected that my ex-wife would be ordered to pay me child support, even if it was a small amount. She wasn’t ordered to pay me a nickle, even though child support calculators indicated that she bore an obligation of about 26% of the children’s maintenance.
Instead of child support, the judge ordered that my ex reimburse me 26% of the costs of our custody evaluation and that she be responsible for 26% of all out of pocket health care expenses. It has been over two years since that original court order and she has yet to pay me a penny toward reimbursement of the custody evaluation (her portion would be about $2,500) or anything toward the children’s health care costs.
Because my ex is a professional mooch who lives off of handouts from church, family and friends and rarely holds down a job (she has been employed for about 9 months out of the last 15 years), my attorney told me that it was pointless to take her back to court to try to get an order for her to pay me anything that is owed. “You can’t squeeze blood from a turnip,” is what I was told.
But we’ve got 3 kids together, 2 of whom are way overdue for braces (and the other is close behind). I could really use some contribution from her as she had been ordered to pay. Is there anything I can do to compel her to come up with any money? Or am I really out of luck because she doesn’t care to follow the court order?