This involves a few questions, but just looking for the short answers.
Divorced in 2009 with PSA incorporated
In PSA, the paragraph on tax deduction stated wife has deduction in 2009 and 2011, meaning we alternated every other year, but does not exactly state that. Child was 14 at the time and would have turned 18 in 2012, which would have ended the dependent issue. However, he attended college full time for the next five years up to 2016 and wife claimed him as a dependent for all of those five years. The PSA was designed for us to have the deduction every other year, but again, at the time, no one could state if he were going to college which would have extended the allowance (I paid half of the tuition and costs of room and board etc.). Can I ask the court for a clarification on that paragraph by filing a Motion to Clarify? Not asking to reopen, modify, or amend, just clarification. Based on the answer, I can proceed further.
I still owe her about $12,000, payable via court order at $290/month. She recently signed an Agreement with me if I paid her two lump sums totaling $8500, she would forgive and release me from the remaining debt. I have paid the first lump sum so all is good. Does this agreement negate the court order to pay as the court directed? It is for college costs, not child support.
If she took the deductions for defendant as outlined above, can I sue her in small claims for the 2.5 years I was shut out and ask for the money I failed to get? Since the PSA does not clarify who gets the deductions for dependent, I can assume the court would split it between us, not allow her to take all five years.
If we signed an agreement to pay outside of court, does that cancel the court order to pay? In other words, If I default on our Agreement, does it simply revert to a contract violation and she would have to sue in small claims. And, does the original court order no longer have teeth to charge me with contempt for failure to pay?