CANADIAN GETTING SCREWED OVER BY NORTH DAKOTA

by EARL
(CANADA)

MY EX-WIFE AND I SPLIT IN 1993. I MOVED BACK TO MY HOME COUNTRY, MY DIVORCE PAPERS STATED HOW MUCH CHILD SUPPORT WAS TO BE PAID AS WELL AS VISITING RIGHTS. VISITING RIGHTS NEVER HAPPENED. I WASN'T EVEN ALLOWED TO SPEAK TO MY CHILDREN ON THE PHONE. I WAS PISSED OFF AND THEREFORE QUIT MAKING THE SUPPORT PAYMENTS. MY THOUGHTS WERE WELL IF I CANNOT EVEN TALK TO THEM THAN WHY SHOULD I BE PAYING. DUMB ON MY PART.

I WENT TO COURT BACK IN 2000 AND JUDGEMENT SETTLED ON A NEW, HIGHER RATE OF WHICH I WAS TO PAY EVEN THOUGH I WAS IN UNIVERSITY. THE PAYMENTS FOR MY CHILD SUPPORT DOUBLED EVEN THOUGH I DIDN'T HAVE ANY REAL INCOME. AS A RESULT I HAD TO DROP OUT OF SCHOOL AND FIND FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT TO SUPPORT MY NEW WIFE AND 2 CHILDREN AS WELL AS PAY SUPPORT TO THE EX.IN 2008 I RECIEVED A LETTER STATING THAT SUPPORT PAYMENTS WERE DONE, THE EX APPARENTLY STOPPED THIS. MY REPORTS SHOWED A ZERO BALANCE OWING, I WAS ALSO ABLE TO GET MY DRIVERS LICENSE BACK AND THERE WERE NO LEINS ON MY INCOME TAX ANYMORE. FINALLY I COULD STOP WORRYING ABOUT THIS AND MAYBE MOVE ON WITH MY SECOND WIFE. MAYBE WE COULD BUY A HOUSE NOW.

WE WERE VERY HOPEFUL, BUT ALAS, ONLY A FEW SHORT MONTHS AFTER THAT I RECIEVED ANOTHER LETTER FROM THE STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA INDICATING THAT I NOW OWED THEM OVER 50,000 DOLLARS. AFTER REQUESTING ALL PAYMENTS THAT HAD ALREADY BEEN MADE TO THAT STATE, I FOUND THAT OVER 20,000 DOLLARS OF THAT WAS INTEREST. I SOUGHT LEGAL HELP BUT BECAUSE I WAS LAYED OFF FROM WORK I COULD NOT AFFORD A LAWYER AND WENT WITH LEGAL AIDE. MY LAWYER SENT SOME DOCUMENTS SHOWING ALL THE PAYMENTS THAT WERE MADE AND INDICATED THAT THE AMOUNT THEY SAID I OWED WAS WRONG. I ALSO WANTED A STOP PUT ON THIS BECAUSE THEY STARTED GARNISHEEING MY EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE OF 50%, THATS RIGHT, 800.00 A MONTH FOR SOMETHING I THOUGHT I NO LONGER OWED ANYTHING TO. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE THE END OF JANUARY 2009.

NOW, JUST 2 DAYS AGO I CALLED THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO SEE WHERE I STOOD ON THIS MATTER AND THEY INFORMED ME THAT THE STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA HAS DECLINED MY OFFER OF PAYMENTS OF 200.00 A MONTH ( SOMETHING MORE AFFORDABLE FOR ME) AND DECLINED WHAT MY LAWYER SAID ON HOW MUCH I ACTUALLY OWED. I ALSO FOUND OUT THAT THIS MONEY THAT I HAVE BEEN PAYING IS NOT GOING TO THE EX, IN FACT I APPARENTLY OWE THE STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA THIS MONEY BECAUSE THE EX WENT ON WELFARE FOR A BRIEF TIME BACK IN 1993, RIGHT AFTER OUR DIVORCE. MY EX REMARRIED 6 MONTHS AFTER WE DIVORCED AND HAD ANOTHER CHILD. SHE IS DIVORCED FROM HER SECOND HUSBAND BUT IS NOW MARRIED TO A THIRD.

SHE IS A BUSINESS OWNER AND HAS ALWAYS DONE VERY WELL FOR HERSELF AND THE CHILDREN ONLY SUFFERED FROM NOT HAVING THEIR FATHER IN THEIR LIVES, WHICH WAS BY HER DOING. THE CHILDREN HAVE BEEN WELL TAKEN CARE OF BY MEANS OF COMPUTERS, GADGETS AND EXOTIC PETS. THEY WERE NEVER HURTING FOR ANYTHING. NOW ME AND MY WIFE AND 2 CHILDREN ON THE OTHER HAND HAVE SUFFERED,WE'VE HAD TO GO TO FOOD BANKS, GET CHRISTMAS HAMPERS, BEEN ON WELFARE(BREIFLY AND THEY HAD TO BE PAID BACK),AND LIVING IN MOLDY SLUM LORD HOUSES OVER THE LAST 12 YEARS. MY 2 CHILDREN NOW ARE 10 AND 12 AND ARE NOT IN OUTSIDE RECREATION SPORTS AND HAVE NOTHING BUT HAND ME DOWNS IN THEIR CLOSETS. MY 2 KIDS FROM NORTH DAKOTA ARE ALL GROWN UP, SOMETHING I'VE HAD TO MISS OUT ON. MY OLDEST DAUGHTER (21)IS NOW HAVING BABY NUMBER 2 AND I HAVN'T EVEN SEEN THE FIRST GRANCHILD YET. MY SON WHO IS 19 NOW HAS JUST RECENTLY STARTED TALKING TO ME. I SERIOUSLY NEED SOME HELP. I NEED A GOOD LAWYER.

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