Brief background: BM and DH settled things outside of the courts when they divorced 7 years ago. Custody is 60/40. DH has been paying CS directly to BM all these years until BM recently opened a case with CS office and is now requesting a review.
In the divorce:
BM got: 1/2 of DH's retirement, $900/mo child support, the house, and claims all 3 kids on taxes every year.
DH got: he was supposed to get 1/2 of the house equity but there wasn't any at the time.
DH recently received all the papers each party had submitted to the attorney reviewing them. The attorney had requested the most recent 3 months pay stubs (which would've been Oct, Nov, Dec) and past 2 years tax returns.
BM conveniently submitted old paystubs for July, Aug, Sept, because she's a teacher and her income goes up at the start of each school year (Sept), and also claimed she has 80% custody because she broke it down in hours and included all the hours the kids are in school. (The state looks at overnights - DH has 149 overnights, so we're not worried about that part). She also submitted a financial worksheet stating that her monthly expenses come to $5000 a month, but when DH calculated the numbers, there was a $1400 discrepancy unaccounted for.
The point is, she will obviously fight dirty in this. The hearing is set for Feb 4. The base calculation without accounting for any deviations is that DH would have to pay $1455/mo (that's before taking into consideration the custody situation). Our landlord is a family law attorney. Should DH ask him to represent him in this case? And if so, how much does that usually cost?
DH and I keep our finances separate, but both of us live pretty much paycheck to paycheck. DH generally can't afford the $900/mo as it is without having to use his credit cards every month. So he definitely couldn't afford more. So I'm wondering if this would be one of those cases where an attorney could be beneficial?