I currently reside in Michigan and my ex-wife, who has custodial custody of my son, lives in Florida. We have been abiding by the child support order since our divorce in 2007. Even though she had quite her job before our divorce began the court imputed the income she was making for purposes of child support. Since that time she had been going to school and has never once told me what her income was in the nearly 10 years since our divorce. Cut to January 2018. I was laid off from my job at the end of January and I am still unemployed almost four months later after applying for more than 100 different permanent and contractual positions. I am 51 years old and work in Information Technology which is rampant with age discrimination. The only income I have is from unemployment and that runs out at the end of June. The only thing I can think of doing is getting a job outside of my field to help keep food on the table and a roof over my head which would probably be at a significant loss of salary but greater than my unemployment income.
This brings me back to why I am writing. My ex-wife refuses to tell me what her current income is and has been implying that I am purposely staying unemployed so I will not have to pay the full amount of my child support. We agreed back in January that we would keep the existing agreement in place as I would probably find a job fairly quickly and just pay the percentage equivalent of what I was paying when I was working. Since my prospects are dim and I have no idea how long it will take to find work in my field I would like to file for modification. I have asked my ex to provide her income information from all sources (I believe she may have rental homes as well) but she refuses to do so.
- Where can I find the official form for a child support modification? Hopefully this is online as again I am in Michigan.
- I don’t have money for an attorney as again I am unemployed surviving on Michigan Unemployment Insurance. The last time I was in court to file for modification the judge ridiculed me for not having an attorney. If I have to get an attorney because my ex refuses to provide her income information from all sources can I go after her for attorney fees as well?
- If my ex has been making significantly more than what was imputed for her 10 years ago can I go after her for paying too much in child support?
Thank you for your help.