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Stop adding BAH into child support for our Military Members

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Military base pay should be the only entitlement that Judges should be
allowed to consider for Child Support payments. Base Pay is the ONLY
entitlement that will remain idle and will not shift nor change due to a permanent Change of Station. BAH and BAS are non-taxable entitlements, that are utilized to offset the cost of living for the state in which the paying service membe currently resides and varies according to the service members current duty assignment. By State
Law awarding Judges the jurisdiction to utilize BAH and BAS into child
support calculations, the courts are placing a tremendous amount of financial hardship, poor credit situations nd higher divorce rates on remarried families.
For example, living in an area that has a higher cost of living requires
a large amount of BAH to offset housing costs for that state in which the paying service member is currently residing in. Thus resulting in a higher amounts of child support due
to the courts and less amounts of monies available to reside in a residence that would accomodate a current family ad well as find a home sufficient to accomodating the visiting children per the custody agreement between each parent. Which is ultimately unfair to the service member paying child support. If a Service member pays child support for three
children in the amount of $1,900.00 and BAH and BAS are included in the figure due to the courts adding in non-taxable
entitlements (ie. base pay equals $3,600 and BAH and BAS combined equals $2,700 a month totaling $6,100 gross income. In an area where an average home rents for $2,400 monthly, roughly leaving an end state income of $1,400 after taxes are deducted.) That amount cancels out the funds that the service member was
allotted to support their current families, forcing them to pay "out of pocket" from
their BASE PAY for rent, utilities, car notes, insurance, gas and child
care., leaving the Service member with little to nothing for saving and
daily usage. Please review the by-laws governing these authorization's and
help our Military Service members that fight for our Nation. Thank you

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5 days ago
Someone from Colorado Springs, CO signed.
6 days ago
Someone from Vacaville, CA writes:
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BAH and BAS are for the service member. Not for former dependas.
March 17, 2017
Someone from North Las Vegas, NV signed.
March 16, 2017
Someone from Wahiawa, HI writes:
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"Allowances" fluctuate depending on the location the military member is serving. To have to return to court everyone a service member changes duty stations is extremely costly. Hawaii for example issues COLA to offset the higher cost of living. Once that service member leaves Hawaii, COLA is no longer given. It's an unfair system against the parent who doesn't have primary custody.
March 16, 2017
Esdras G. from Bethel, NC signed.
March 16, 2017
Jackson G. from Hampstead, MD signed.
March 16, 2017
John G. from Hampstead, MD signed.
March 16, 2017
Charlotte G. from Hampstead, MD signed.
March 16, 2017
Charlotte G. from Hampstead, MD signed.
March 14, 2017
Someone from Colorado Springs, CO signed.