My daughter has fallen through the system's cracks
(Spokane, WA, USA)
My 9 year old child and I both live in Washington State. The father did too for his entire life, until 7 years ago he moved to New York state.
I went and re-opened my child support case today here in Washington...the state the child and I have always resided in.
I explained my situation that the father has never given me so much as a penny, and the last time the child support case was open for 2 years and the father never received the Order of Child Support because DCS (Division of Child Support) would only send the docs via Certified Mail .... and he's way smarter than that.
The front counter guy at DCS today was intrigued at this point, and looked up my child support case on their computer. He confirmed they tried serving the father via Certified Mail, but it went unclaimed (NO SURPRISE TO ME)
He also said DCS tried to put a trace on the PO Box to get a physical address attached to it and there was none.
Isn't there some Homeland Security law where you have to have a physical address to rent a PO Box?
I know the father has to be on the grid somewhere even though he does his best to avoid anything being in his name from debts to housing, however, he has a valid NY driver license, and has even had a DUI in New York, and multiple tickets for driving while suspended because of a fraudelent Unemployment Claim in Washington when he was working in New York state. He is a scam artist.
Anyway, the guy at the child support office said Washington State does not have long arm jurisdiction and all I can do is re-open the case, and wait for New York to decide what to do.
Is this really true?
We all were born and lived in washington state, why should New York take jurisdiction. I have never even been there in my whole entire life.
The original support order established a few years ago was a whopping backsupport award of $75 and a monthly amount of $25, but it doesn't go into effect unless the father is served the documents. Unfortunately, DCS believes he has been supporting me this whole time, hence the meager $75 backsupport award for all these years.
I sent the father a text message today saying I was re-opening for child support, and he responded that had I ever asked he would have helped and then blasted me on how hard his life is right now, why ask him for money when he doesn't have it...and so on and so on.
Child Support won't accept his text messages to me as evidence that he has never financially provided for his child, so the $25 per month and the backsupport award of $75 will most likely be what I am awarded.....IF they EVER serve him.
I am so angry, sad, confused. I just want him to be responsible.
How can I get his physical address when he has nothing in his name?
Thanks for reading this.