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icatchem76
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« on: December 03, 2007, 10:27:11 PM »

We need to turn in a child support modification for the start of the new year. I am currently paying above the Rule 32 guidelines per our divorce agreement.  Now it goes back down to what the guidelines dictate.  We are on speaking terms. Must I hire a lawyer to fill out the forms and file them? I have scoured Lee's website (it's great) and it seems to me that we can both fill out a CS-41 and have it notarized.  Use that to fill out the CS-42...then file the CS-43?!?  The only issue is that our papers state "neither parent is designated as custodial parent...each of us having joint physical and legal." That's how it is too, we each have them exactly 50% of the time.  I understand that means that child support is calcualted as if I have custody, then as if she has custody, the I pay the net difference.  I'm not sure how to capture that on the CS-42 though. So can I do this myself (with a little help) or do I need to bring the forms to a lawyer?
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Lee Borden
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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2007, 07:11:07 AM »

If all you need to do is to change child support, why not use DHR? They'll charge you a nominal fee and handle everything. That's what I would do if I were in your shoes.
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icatchem76
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2007, 07:49:03 AM »

Well, I really don't want any more government intrusion into my life than I already have.  I have been paying her directly by check.  She is fine with that and feels the same about DHR.  I consider myself somewhat capable to handle something like this but would rather pay a lawyer than go through a bureaucracy.
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anniewalker
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2007, 11:36:45 AM »

If you don't want to use DHR, I'd definitely use a lawyer.  If you are both in agreement, the lawyer's fee's shouldn't be too high.  My ex and I modified custody, I forgave a boatload of interest on back support, and we modified current support for about $1500 (and that included the filing fees and everything).  It was money well spent.  Good luck!
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Lee Borden
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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2007, 09:11:06 AM »

And if you need a lawyer, I respectfully recommend you read this page about my approach to it (hint - a LOT less than $1500): http://www.divorceinfo.com/jointpetition.htm.
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2007, 09:25:44 AM »

Darn it!  Lee, I assumed that since you are a big city lawyer that you'd be super expensive!!!  Drats! Well... if / when we modify again I'll know who to call!!  Smiley
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