I woke up this morning to the dogs going frantic over someone knocking at the door. I didn't answer, then get a call from a deputy saying he's leaving a summons for court on my door. Fine. I figured it was the show cause filed by the GAL in March finally showing up. Then I remembered that the court clerk told me in May that there was no sign at all about that and I remembered my mom's threats and thought it might be another custody issue, so I ran and got the papers. Is it either of those two things? NO. Department of Juvenile Justice filed for child support. I was aware that they probably would require me to pay child support, but here's the weird part- they filed thru (and specifically requested it be paid thru) DSS (child support enforcement division). I'm not sure that is typical. It might be but difficult child told me some parents were having to pay child support when the kid was in processing (after first being turned over to Department of Juvenile Justice) and there would be no way to have time to go thru this process that quickly so I figured Department of Juvenile Justice was just sending the parent a bill. I could see this if I had receieved bills from them and not paid them, but I haven't received any request for money from Department of Juvenile Justice. This was filed right after difficult child was transferred from processing to his current facility, so it probably is typical for them to request child support. Other factors to consider include that they are asking I keep medication insurance on difficult child and/or pay medication amounts exceeding a certain amount, yet medicaid dropped difficult child saying they can't keep him oin while he's in Department of Juvenile Justice because Department of Juvenile Justice was responsible for medical care. Also, there is an area where the requested amount of child support can be checked and they checked "per guidelines". What are the guidelines if someone is unemployed? If this goes thru DSS, who has technically never been involved in our lives before, will they pursue establishing paternity with difficult child's father, just like if I filed something with DSS? And I noticed that this case was assigned to a different courtroom than all difficult child's cases have been. They normally keep all hearings about the same person with one judge, but this courtroom is a different judge, who will not be familiar with our family at all. This could be a bad thing and I wonder if the GAL had something to do with this. Or would they have asked the judge? Wouldn't she be at least notified and in attendance under these circumstances? As a side note and referencing the thread a couple of days ago in the WC about families and adult kids being legally responsible for their parents when the parents become mentally or physically incapacitated, there is also an option on this form where the petitioner is supposed to check if they are requesting financial support payments to be paid FOR a parent. Janet- thanks for the heads up on that one.