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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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Michael B. from Cheyenne, WY signed.
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January 16, 2017
Someone from Fort Hood, TX writes:
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Please change this, it is riddiculous for me to have taken custody of one child and still have to pay for the other. meanwhile i have moved a bunch of times and my BAH changes...this is not right for courts to include this in the income for child support...i do have my own family and that money is intended for housing.
January 12, 2017
Jeff F. from Bellevue, NE writes:
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I divorced coming from an Overseas Tour where I received Overseas Housing Allowance in the amount of $2500 a month per the house I lived in at the time the marriage disolved. Overseas in Germany your rent is set by the amount of rent that is on your lease. You cannot pocket any of the BAH called OHA overseas. That is calculated into Child Support. You cannot move into a smaller apt for $700/mth and still receive the $2500 a month. This would allow for the excess to be used toward paying the monthly child support that was ordered. Due to my OHA and COLA (Cost of Living Allowance which was close to $580/mth) I was imputed at $7200/mth disposable income. I am now in the states and earn $1590/mth in BAH and no longer receive COLA with a total of $3200/mth disposable but am still imputed at the total of $7200. I tried to do a Motion to Modify due to change in circumstance, but the Judge stated that I would have to remain imputed at the higher rate. I believe that in the instance of being stationed Overseas that OHA or BAH should not be calculated. Earning 3200 a month and having to give my ex 2200 a month (maintenance and child support) has put to large of a financial strain on my me and unfair. When she is living with someone for the last 2 years, who makes $65K a year and they refuse to get married until alimony is finished. I live off of $1000 a month. I gave her 40K in alimony/child support last year. This makes me sick.
January 12, 2017
Jeffrey F. from Bellevue, NE writes:
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I divorced coming from an Overseas Tour where I received Overseas Housing Allowance in the amount of $2500 a month per the house I lived in at the time the marriage disolved. Overseas in Germany your rent is set by the amount of rent that is on your lease. You cannot pocket any of the BAH called OHA overseas. That is calculated into Child Support. You cannot move into a smaller apt for $700/mth and still receive the $2500 a month. This would allow for the excess to be used toward paying the monthly child support that was ordered. Due to my OHA and COLA (Cost of Living Allowance which was close to $580/mth) I was imputed at $7200/mth disposable income. I am now in the states and earn $1590/mth in BAH and no longer receive COLA with a total of $3200/mth disposable but am still imputed at the total of $7200. I tried to do a Motion to Modify due to change in circumstance, but the Judge stated that I would have to remain imputed at the higher rate. I believe that in the instance of being stationed Overseas that OHA or BAH should not be calculated. Earning 3200 a month and having to give my ex 2200 a month (maintenance and child support) has put to large of a financial strain on my me and unfair. When she is living with someone for the last 2 years, who makes $65K a year and they refuse to get married until alimony is finished. I live off of $1000 a month. I gave her K in alimony alone last year. This makes me sick.
January 12, 2017
Jeffrey F. from Bellevue, NE writes:
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I divorced coming from an Overseas Tour where I received Overseas Housing Allowance in the amount of $2500 a month per the house I lived in at the time the marriage disolved. Overseas in Germany your rent is set by the amount of rent that is on your lease. You cannot pocket any of the BAH called OHA overseas. That is calculated into Child Support. You cannot move into a smaller apt for $700/mth and still receive the $2500 a month. This would allow for the excess to be used toward paying the monthly child support that was ordered. Due to my OHA and COLA (Cost of Living Allowance which was close to $580/mth) I was imputed at $7200/mth disposable income. I am now in the states and earn $1590/mth in BAH and no longer receive COLA with a total of $3200/mth disposable but am still imputed at the total of $7200. I tried to do a Motion to Modify due to change in circumstance, but the Judge stated that I would have to remain imputed at the higher rate. I believe that in the instance of being stationed Overseas that OHA or BAH should not be calculated. Earning 3200 a month and having to give my ex 2200 a month (maintenance and child support) has put to large of a financial strain on my me and unfair. When she is living with someone for the last 2 years, who makes $65K a year and they refuse to get married until alimony is finished. I live off of $1000 a month. I gave her K in alimony alone last year. This makes me sick.
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January 10, 2017
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January 10, 2017
Someone from Camp Lejeune, NC writes:
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I pay $1083 a month for one child. I still have three kids at home that have to do without because the court believes it take $2166 ( if both parties are paying the same amount) to raise one kid. After I pay housing, child care, vehicle payment and utilities I have nothing left at the end of the month.