How do I get money from my spouse for both myself and our child, if he is not sending enough to support the household expenses?

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How do I get money from my spouse for both myself and our child, if he is not sending enough to support the household expenses?

My ex and I are still married with children but he has moved out of state for a job.

Asked on March 26, 2012 under Family Law, Hawaii

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You would have to divorce him, to make sure you get enough support. The law does not interfere with a marriage's financial arrangements while the marriage is ongoing; it is only when a marriage is dissolved, during and at the conclusion of the divorce proceedings, that you can get a legally enforceable settlement or court order requiring your spouse to support you and your children. You should consult with a family or matrimonial (divorce) law attorney.

You may wish to look into any public assistance you may be eligible for as well, such as food stamps or housing subsidies (e.g. Section 8).


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