Seven months without court-ordered child support and our emergency hearing is not until January 7, 2020. As a single mom of two disabled boys, I have been fighting this case alone since May 30, 2019, charging all bills except my mortgage. I have had to sell many of my personal and home items, as well as get cash advances on my credit cards in order to pay my mortgage. This month, I had to choose my mortgage over Christmas for my children and we didn't even put up a tree. I have never missed one Christmas for my children until this year. I am still short on the mortgage, but hoping I can sell a few more items in my home to make ends meet. I am hoping to get a part-time job from the 47 applications and resumes I have submitted in the past month and a half after recovering from complications with the orthopedic surgery on my foot. Many people mistakenly believe that those who do not pay their child support go to jail and get their driver's license taken away, but that is not how it is for Non-IV D cases. My ex spent only one night in jail and while I am taking loans, maxing my credit cards and selling items to support my children and provide a roof over their heads, he has not taken any action to pay the child support due. I hate to even ask anyone for help with this because I know it is someone else's responsibility, but I need help desperately to pay bills and support my children.
- Cindy Rouse
- Kathy Everett