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2 years ago
Someone from Reading, PA writes:
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I'm not holding my breath, but it most definitely needs to be addressed.
December 24, 2014
Someone from Atlanta, GA signed.
December 26, 2014
Someone from Ozark, MO signed.
December 27, 2014
Someone from Edison, NJ signed.
December 28, 2014
Someone from Santa Rosa, CA writes:
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we really need change, this has gone too long now. Has anyone tried to get back to school or take some time off work, child support department comes pounding on your door puts you in check with all those bank levies, license suspended, property and tax leans, and all that other stuff they do to screw people, I was going to college and was taken out of school to become their modern day slave. I cant go to school !
December 31, 2014
Someone from Dallas, TX writes:
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In my opinion is it one sided. A reform needs to happen.
January 2, 2015
Someone from Texas City, TX writes:
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The objective is the development of righteous children. This cannot be accomplished at the expense of a bias and unethical laws.
January 5, 2015
Someone from Henderson, KY signed.
January 7, 2015
Someone from Washington, DC writes:
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Family court historically has not done what is in the best interest of the child. The system is designed to do what is in the best interest of the mother. Reform and/or change has been needed for a long time.
January 7, 2015
Someone from Indianapolis, IN writes:
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There should be more rights and fairness to the Fathers. It's one sided and it's not fair too the good Father's. Some women will use the courts for the main purpose of hurting a man and it's not fair that most courts will side with the women and not give the good Father's a fighting chance. I can't even get my son for the summer and I give for my son's care. My son lives with her mother because she doesn't want to go out and pay rent, so part of the money I give is going towards my son and the other part just goes in her pocket, when she doesn't have any bills but a cable bill and she is always talking about she wants more and for what? Let's make it fair for all the good Father's out there.
January 8, 2015
Someone from Las Vegas, NV writes:
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I am a woman who never received a dime from my child's father. But when my son was 13, he went to live with his dad. My ex came after me for support. I was paying so much, I couldn't support myself. California does not factors in the hundreds per month I was paying for our health insurance. Even after my hours were significantly cut, I continued paying the same amount. I tried to have it lowered, but it was so much red tape, I gave up. I paid all travel expences for visitation. Bought his summer and winter wardrobes each year,as well as anything he needed. When he was 17, he moved in with a friend, because his dad lost his home...for not paying rent! They refused to end my support or even transfer it directly to my son. This system is broken.
January 14, 2015
Someone from Menomonie, WI writes:
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They also need to change this statement: Child support is paid as a means of money flowing into a household as if the father were still in the household. The funny thing is that when a payee is injured out if a job and not receiving disability, workers comp, or unemployment, the amount to be paid continues to accrue. By the same standard of the original statement, shouldn't it also be applied that if the payee has no income but is honestly trying to get some flowing in, that no accrual should occur. The reason or this example is that if the payee was still in the home and in the same situation, then there would be no income flow into the home anyway. Just wondering where the logic went as this is applied?
January 15, 2015
Someone from Bethlehem, PA signed.
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Someone from Port Orange, FL signed.
2 years ago
Someone from Bethel Island, CA writes:
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I have been paying child support for 23 years. I am 41 years old and I haven?t seen an income tax refund check since I was 19. My eldest daughter is 24 and while I don?t really blame the system totally?I am disgruntled somewhat with them because it drove my daughter?s new family away from me. We had a relationship when she was in her single digits. I was trying to patch up the spots that I?d left blank?time that you really can?t get back but you try to make the most of it for the sake of fatherhood. I got off to a late start trying to be a father to my eldest daughter. I don?t blame the state for that. I knew where she was and I had a way to get to her. That part I was trying to correct. I was young dealing with whatever feelings I still had for my ex at the time. We were over for sure, but her husband then and now (and her as well) and I were working that out on our own terms. Even they had decided the little rinky-dink job I had at McDonald?s wasn?t even enough to help them as they had kids of their own also. My ex and I were due in court on a certain date and she actually told me that she would tell the judge that she didn?t want it anymore because what I was making and what the system was sending was not helping her and new family at all. The judge looked at my ex and told her that she (the judge) would determine if my ex needed it or not. My ex was infuriated by this and she told her husband. I went by on one of my patch-up visits and my ex and her new family along with my eldest had moved to Colorado. I did get to see her a few more times when they would visit in the summer, but things slowly started to change with my eldest child and me. When she turned 14 she told me that she no longer wanted anything to do with me. I don?t have a problem with doing what I have to do or can do for my child. Even if it means I have to give the money to her mother. She?s 25 now and we still haven?t spoken really. I have a granddaughter I may never meet. For all I know, I probably have 2 grandchildren. And where does any system get off feeling that they can tell you how to feel about your children and what you can and can?t do for your children? I have ready every story on this page and I know that this happens in the system
2 years ago
Someone from Pflugerville, TX signed.
2 years ago
Someone from Columbia, SC signed.
2 years ago
Someone from Columbia, SC signed.
2 years ago
Someone from Emmaus, PA writes:
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Totally agree....we don't need a child support enforcement agency,etc...its wasted tax dollars.Money does NOT buy happiness (stop being a money whore all people involved in this scam).
2 years ago
Someone from Jonesboro, GA writes:
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I am amazed by the fact that we all know how corrupt the child support system is and yet nothing is done about it. The family court system displays a blatant abuse of power.
January 24, 2015
Someone from Phoenix, AZ writes:
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I agree with everything but number 5 should state that if the custodial parent has ample proof of seeking work or continuing education then child support should not be eliminated or reduced. If the custodial parent fails to provide ample evidence of seeking work or furthering education then income should be imputed for him/ her and the child support payment adjusted to reflect this. A custodial parent's refusal to seek gainful employment or failure to obtain further education to seek gainful employment should be treated as contempt. A transfer of custody should be considered by the courts at this point. Note: If a custodial parent already has ample education, a degree, job certifications, technical skills etc they should not be allowed to use additional schooling as a shelter to get out of working. It needs to be fair for both Mom and dad in this modern day.
January 26, 2015
Someone from Williamsburg, VA signed.
January 27, 2015
Someone from Petersburg, VA signed.
January 28, 2015
Someone from Berryville, VA signed.
January 28, 2015
Someone from Alton, IL writes:
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Change is definitely needed!
January 30, 2015
Someone from Gardena, CA signed.
January 31, 2015
Someone from Corbin, KY writes:
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No doubt,there is no reason a court should dictate when a "non-custodial" can call his/her kids,Have to pay for certain "priviledges"(example-want more time with children/pay a fee and see if custodial parent and judge agrees),threaten the payee with jail time(causes arrears),have a system of rules that just lines others pockets (lawyers,etc),teach caseworkers NOT to be gender biased,...in fact the court should not be involved at all.Let parents get a mediator service and settle upon themselves.
February 1, 2015
Someone from Farmingville, NY writes:
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There seriously needs to be a change is how child support is determined and not automatically assume the dad is a "deadbeat". Maybe the relationship of the two parents should also be looked into. Did she get pregnant on purpose, so she wouldn't have to work? Why does the dad have to answer to his employment and she does not? The money should also be accounted for. Why does the man, who probably is working two jobs, just so he can have some kind of life besides paying child support, not have a right to know where the money is going. There should be an accounting of what it's actually being spent on.
February 1, 2015
Someone from Lincoln, IL writes:
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I don't mind paying child support for my son, but I want it to be there for HIM... NOT to finance his mother's weekend shopping sprees and "get away" trips to Florida when she makes minimum wage, and see him go without. Accountability for the support needs to be enacted. Also, whoever the recipient is of the child support $ needs to pay taxes on that money and report it, not the person who it is taken from .... Why do I have to pay taxes on money I never see that is directly taken from my paycheck. Again, accountability! This cash under the table business to finance someone else's lifestyle is criminal itself.
February 2, 2015
Someone from Indianapolis, IN signed.
February 2, 2015
Someone from North Las Vegas, NV signed.
February 3, 2015
Someone from Alton, IL writes:
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Tell your friends about this petition.....This is what i recieved back from SEN. DURBIN of Illinois because this petition automatically sends letter on your behalf to senators in your state and to the president........ February 2, 2015 Mr. Roy Childs 1038 College Avenue Alton, IL 62002-6731 Dear Mr. Childs: Thank you for contacting me about fathers? rights in the child support system. I appreciate hearing from you. As a father and grandfather, I know the importance of having men involved in their children?s lives. Research has shown that children with engaged fathers have better educational outcomes and tend to be more emotionally stable and have healthier relationships as adults. Each state is required by federal law to establish guidelines that are used to calculate child support due from parents based largely on their income and expenses. The courts will take into account issues like the standard of living of the child prior to divorce, the specific needs of the child, the resources of the custodial parent and the non-custodial parent's ability to pay. As a federal senator, I have a limited role in child support laws because they are largely set by the State of Illinois. You may wish to contact your state-level representative and senator in the Illinois General Assembly. You can find their names and office telephone numbers by entering your home address at the website of the Illinois State Board of Elections, www.elections.il.gov/districtlocator/addressfinder.aspx, or by calling (217) 782-4141. If you have had issues contacting your local child support agency, you may contact the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement to assist you with your local agency. You may reach them online at www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/css or by writing to: Office of Child Support Enforcement Administration for Children & Families 370 L?Enfant Promenade, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20447 Our main priority should be the welfare of the children, and as we discuss family law on a federal level, I will your thoughts in mind to ensure that both parents have a fair opportunity to provide for their children. Thank you again for contacting me. Please feel free to keep in touch. Sincerely, Richard J. Durbin United States Senator
February 5, 2015
Someone from Mchenry, IL signed.
February 6, 2015
Someone from Dothan, AL signed.
February 6, 2015
Someone from Columbia, SC writes:
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Abuses by the Department of Child Support and receiving party should also be included in this reform as it has influenced my unique problem. Child Support workers should not be friend of the family or co workers. The recipients of child support should not be caught in fraudulent activities. If the father gets an equal amount of custody or more with the child in another state, arrears should have a chance at being excempt. Especially if the father has shown good faith regardless of not paying. The system only makes it about money rather than the best interest of the child.
February 7, 2015
Someone from Mchenry, IL signed.
February 8, 2015
Someone from Evanston, IL signed.
February 10, 2015
Someone from Fairfield, TX signed.
February 10, 2015
Someone from Ottawa, IL signed.
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Someone from Ottawa, IL writes:
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I read the entire article and it was like I was reading my ex wife's biography. Wow. This definitely needs to happen!!!!