Q: I just recently had a court date for child support, when I got there I the custodial mother had no lawyer the father did the judge did not want to hear from me cause I had no lawyer I told her I could not afford a lawyer and ask for a public defender she told me she could not give me one then she rescheduled to another date in November I mentioned I still can not afford a lawyer she said that is my problem. She told the father in the mean time to pay me only $125 week, I mentioned to her I’ve been paying his childcare for 2 months with no help from his father and wanted back payments she said he don’t have to pay me anything I felt the judge did not want to hear from me cause I had no lawyer. She took the activated from the father and not myself the father lives with his parents he lied and said he pays rent so he won’t have to give me money in child support his parents are helping him hide money what can I do I need help this is in Westchester county Yonkers
A: It’s accurate the the court is not obligated to assign a free lawyer for child support cases. That said, if you’ve now gone on public assistance you may need to pay over the child support to DSS – thus consider closing the budget for the child who you’re collecting support for. Schedule a consult with a Westchester Child Support attorney for a full assessment.