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Please stop the unfair punishment of good fathers. We need child support reform now!

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The current child support system entirely benefits the mother of said children, not even the child's best interest. The fathers are routinely getting financially punished by increasing child support obligations, attorney fees, court costs, and visitation rights. The fathers have became expendable in the courts eyes, and we want to get this changed!

Each child support case should be viewed on a case-by-case basis, not just lumping all cases into the same category. For instance, yes there are a lot of "dead beat" fathers, as well as "dead beat" mothers, but there are even more good fathers out there doing everything they can to be in their children lives but are hindered by the Family Court and Child Support Enforcement itself! OCSE actually makes it harder for the fathers to be involved in the lives of the children instead of doing what "is best for the child". It has been proven time and time again that having BOTH parents in the child's life makes a huge impact, but the Family court tells the fathers when they can see their child, where they can take their child, and what they can do with their child.

In addition, in researching the amount of child support obligation should be ordered, the courts should look into the income of BOTH sides, not just the father. Often times, the mother, remarried, makes more than the father and the father is still ordered to pay a high amount of child support. That is not right! Shouldn't the father be able to live life at an acceptable standard? It seems a lot of times the good fathers are being punished for the "dead beat" fathers.

Nobody denies that there should be some type of set child support obligations guidelines, but as of now the guidelines and severely unfair to the fathers, and biased towards the mothers. This is what we are looking to change.

Should single mothers (or fathers) be allowed to not work and live off child support and government assistance while the other party has to work just to pay his obligation in fear of being thrown in jail? Is it fair for some women to have multiple babies just to collect child support and not have to work? There definitely should be guidelines and stricter restrictions put on the party receiving the child support benefits. How about drug testing child support recipient's? Job placement requirements?

Child support obligation should be based upon;
1. The income and expenses of BOTH parties
2. The family size and obligation of both parties
3. Total debt of both parties
4. Drug testing of the recipient of the child support
5. Employment status of BOTH parties. The recipient should NOT be unemployed or at the least have a timeframe requirement to gain employment or forfeit the right to child support.
6. All court cost, attorneys fees, filing fees, and\or any other fees in regards to the said child support case should be equally divided between the two parties.
4. Then child support obligation should be calculated based upon all

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3 days ago
Someone from Meriden, CT writes:
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Hi we as fathers are being abuse treated like dogs in court and talking to child support over the phone why why why don't understand why be like this if you doing what right mothers are abusing the system and the courts are just going for what she saying lying aweek later she driving a new car with the money from child support ??????? Such a good mother big ? We need a better update reform that a fair system not just in favor of one this is a child not a animal remember child need both parents why kill one parent the system should be 50/50 equally help stop this abuse trump help stop this problem trump
3 days ago
Jennifer H. from Picayune, MS signed.
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4 days ago
Someone from Fond Du Lac, WI writes:
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Take the correct % of the pay not what they say you could make if you found a great job. Next thing you know your paying 50% of your income. Can't afford your own rent but another man is living off your child's support but that's okay. Budget cut the lazy ladies that are making money off the tax payers that $could go to the kids. My boyfriend lost his job. But the pay isn't good around here
4 days ago
Shelly R. from Fond Du Lac, WI writes:
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Take the correct % of the pay not what they say you could make if you found a great job. Next thing you know your paying 50% of your income. Can't afford your own rent but another man is living off your child's support but that's okay. Budget cut the lazy ladies that are making money off the tax payers that $could go to the kids. My boyfriend lost his job. But the pay isn't good around here
4 days ago
Michael P. from Irving, TX writes:
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Each child support case should be viewed on a case-by-case basis, not just lumping all cases into the same category. Stop punishing father that wants to be in there children's life's.
4 days ago
Someone from Portland, OR writes:
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I would add to that list, the cost of lost time to the paying parent. Meaning, for example, a father who has been paying childsupport yet the mother refuses to allow the father to his children. There should be penalties upon the mother who refuses visits. Now Im not saying in all cases. There are case where the other parent was not safe around the mother or children. Im talking about the mothers who leave thier husbands and move to another state and refuse to let the father see his chilren. Yet the father pays full child support. If this was in the best interest of the children then child support would also mandate visitation time equal to both parents, if ofcourse the father isnt a dead beat father.
4 days ago
Someone from Desoto, TX writes:
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I am in need of help because i too am a victim of these penities behind in child support
4 days ago
Marion R. from Americus, GA writes:
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I pay child support for two kids plus I'm on public housing without a job I been seeking employment and might have found something. Whether that matter my baby mother are both teacher and and make good enough income to . I only will be making 9.00 a hour and the child support office here in americus ga only looks at the father.. I pay 451 plus a extra 25 per case until I caught up. I've been on this since 2015 I was making payment but thing got rough when I got injured and lost my job. Every week I'm in the dark or my waters off but I strive daily to make sure my kids get there share. I'm tired of struggling but the child enforcement only makes on the custodial parent comfortable and non custodial parent poorer. Ion have a problem with paying but I have a problem with paying for a child when I still don't have the right to do what I want with my child when I wanna. Child support days everything I buy the child a gift but when the baby mother shRed tears and say the father never did anything the judge never sides with the man. I'm in a little town with not to many job I've lost my license and been threaten with jail but still no justice income tax offset ,worker compensation offset I barley can afford to live. Lost my car and always late on bills it's not fair for a man in the child support court and then all them woman no men to understand. Dang a least they should make the woman pay 50% Cause it's more than the man responsible to take care a child no matter who the child stays with.....
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David W. from Nashville, IL writes:
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I agree I pay child support and the mother makes more then I do. And for that her husband has never had a job so what I'm paying for her dead beat husband. And then worrying about my bills and I can only see them when it's ok for her if not she said she would try to get my child support raised how right is that. You are right about one thing us guys are just pawns in a game of chess we have no say so about anything