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  •  "You're having my baby...." (2+ / 0-)

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    •  What I don't get (0+ / 0-)

      Is where is all the feminist rage about having to physically support the zygote ALONE for its fist 18-26 years of life?

      Child support is laughable in this country, and women already poorer.

      I raised three sons alone and had to really struggle to not slip into poverty; the government pretty much laughed when I asked for help collecting.

      Life ain't like a box of chocolates. You pretty much do know what you're gonna get.

      by Nodin on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 12:37:48 PM PST

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        My brother had similar issues when dealing with his first ex and trying to get child support from her. Honestly, I feel like if a person isn't paying child support, the state should give the receiver money, then put the money as a charge toward state taxes. Then, when the payer goes to file taxes, they either get less of a tax return or owe the state money for child support (in addition to any other money they'd owe). It'd be one way for single parents to be able to support their kids, that's for damn sure.

        The wandering soul knows no rest

        by caterfree10 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 01:25:29 PM PST

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      •  Me, too. However, not so much today.... (0+ / 0-)

        In Idaho, Utah, and New Mexico at least, the child support worksheet (from the court and a part of the divorce filing) shows the income of both parents, figures the % of total income each parent earns, applies that % to the state mandated amount it costs monthly to support a child and that division becomes part of the final divorce decree and remanded to the State Child Support Recovery office which collects the money through the non-custodial parent's work and distributes it using a debit card to the custodial parent.  Any change in income of either parent requires a trip to family court to amend the divorce.  

        Part of this entire procedure is to recover any assistance the  State Welfare Dept. has given to the custodial parent, after the separation and before the final decree.  This does not reduce the custodial parent's monthly receipt of child support but is in addition to that amount taken from the non-custodial parent.  

        Only drawback is sometimes if the payer is willing to job hop or even state hop to avoid paying, it's often up to the custodial parent to keep the State office informed of their whereabouts.  Of course now the IRS will deduct for child support owed for every state in the Union from any payments or refunds due to the deadbeat from the Federal government.  You at least know that you will get caught up on the back child support after April 15th each year and the accomplishment of this is out of the individual's hands which makes visitation more pleasant for everyone.  

        Idaho will not collect the shared costs of child care or medical expenses which is a bummer.  Utah would do so in the late nineties, not sure about now.

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