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    My husband is a permanent green card holder. He divorced and has two children from that marriage. In his divorce agreement he agreed to pay $1,500 a month in child support. He also left his ex the house, car, furniture, and savings.

    Since coming here he has been laid off several times from various jobs and is not employed now. He has never been able to pay the full $1,500 a month.

    My question is, will he face jail or deportation should his ex decide to hire a lawyer to collect the back child support? Is there an international law for persecuting those who can't keep child support agreements?

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    My husband is a permanent green card holder. He divorced and has two children from that marriage. In his divorce agreement he agreed to pay $1,500 a month in child support. He also left his ex the house, car, furniture, and savings.

    Since coming here he has been laid off several times from various jobs and is not employed now. He has never been able to pay the full $1,500 a month.

    My question is, will he face jail or deportation should his ex decide to hire a lawyer to collect the back child support? Is there an international law for persecuting those who can't keep child support agreements?

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    • #3
      I am wondering why he has not petitioned to have that amount reduced since he is not working and can't pay the whole thing. Normally it is based on his income at the time. Things are different now and he should go back to court and get it changed. At the interview, my husband was asked if he was behind on child support. He has no children, but it appears to be an important question.

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      • #4
        Miki, that's a good idea. Thing is, he didn't have a job when he agreed to paying that amount either. The judge or lawyer in his divorce ( he and the ex shared lawyers, BIG MISTAKE right?) and it seems to me that they never even asked him to show proof of his ability to pay.

        Here in the States one has to show proof of income as well as expenses. I don't feel he knew what he was doing. Also he says he thinks she will not come after him. I'm thinking it's like a time bomb ready to explode. It's like the calm before the storm. I am worried. Thanks and all others who may have input replies will be gratefully appreciated.

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        • #5
          I am sorry to hear that. What country is he from? It seems so unfair that he was ordered to pay such an extraordinary amount with out even a job to know if he could afford this. I have not heard of a law specifically for international child support, here in the States they have enough trouble getting Americans to pay what they owe. It seems like picking on a foreign person would be out of the question. There is a lawyer at http://k1.exit.com Most times he answers but sometimes he doesn't. Your question is interesting so maybe he will look this up for you. Good luck to you and your dear spouse.

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