My ex and I share joint custody of three children, though physical custody of two girls are with him, and I have physical custody of our son. I recently filed for contempt against him because he is in violation of our ordered visitation.
I filed, had him served, and now he has answered but also included a counterclaim.
He is claiming in his counterclaim that I do not provide meals for the girls when they are with me, and claiming I have willfully refused to pay child support.
I deny the meals claim (because I do feed my kids), but I am behind in child support: I lost my job and fell way behind. And though I have a job now (making maybe 75% less than before), I am still making regular payments to him, though it's not the full payment amount I was ordered to pay 3 years ago.
My question is, do I need to file an answer to his counterclaim? I am unfortunate in that I do not have access to a lawyer and am trying to do this pro se, so I'm not sure what my next step is.