Marie learns that her son is entitled to financial support from his father.
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Panel 1: Marie and Fatima sitting on the bench at a playground, Marie crying
Marie: Oh Fatima, Mateo is already talking about his birthday and wanting a bike, and I never have extra money to buy him things.
Panel 2: Fatima stands up, looking upset
Fatima: Okay Marie, that’s it – you have to deal with getting child support – no more putting it off!
Marie: But Juan says now that he’s taking care of Mateo half the time he doesn’t have to pay.
Fatima: It doesn’t matter! He makes way more than you do in your job at the hair salon. He still needs to pay you some support.
Panel 5: Fatima comforts Marie while Mateo chases butterflies
Marie: I know what he’ll say – he doesn’t trust me to spend it on Mateo.
Fatima: That’s his problem – it’s Mateo’s money, not yours. It's Mateo’s legal right.
Marie: But where do we start? How much does he have to pay?
Panel 8: Marie pushing Mateo on the swings with Fatima standing nearby
Fatima: There are legal guidelines that show the amounts. Juan might be more reasonable than you think when he sees it in black and white.
Fatima: And if the two of you can agree on paper, you don’t have to go to court – tell Juan he’ll save lots of money that way.
Panel 10: Marie and Fatima watch Mateo laying on his back, pretending to ride a bike
Marie: Money that can be used on a bike for Mateo.
Fatima: I’d say the sooner, the better!