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Financial Incentives Drive Mississippi Child Support Enforcement

Financial Incentives Drive Mississippi Child Support Enforcement

Child support collections in Mississippi have increased by 61 percent over the past 8 years due to increasingly aggressive enforcement tactics and an incentive program that rewards coming after men. Oh, and if you can’t pay because you’re unemployed, then “get a job.” The Clarion-Ledger reports Mississippi’s Division of Child Support Enforcement collected $314 million in fiscal 2011 compared to $195 million in fiscal 2003....

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A Dad’s Fight Against International Child Abduction

A Dad’s Fight Against International Child Abduction

Though media attention is only given to a select few international custody battles (most notably and recently David Goldman’s fight to be reunited with his son), there are hundreds of similar international child abduction cases currently happening around the globe. One such dad is George Petroutsas, who is trying to get his son, Andoni (both pictured, right), rightfully returned to him from the child’s mother...

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How To Fight Parental Alienation

How To Fight Parental Alienation

If you’ve been systematically pushed out of your child’s life by a former partner who repeatedly criticizes and deprecates you in front of your child, then you are all too familiar with parental alienation. When trying to combat parental alienation, heed the advice of family law attorney Brian Ludmer, who has been a featured speaker at the Canadian Symposium for Parental Alienation Syndrome. Ludmer has...

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Status Of Men’s Rights Bills

The last couple months have featured a variety of states proposing, adopting or rejecting numerous men’s rights bills that primarily addressed outdated alimony and child custody laws. Some states are clearly moving in the right direction toward promoting father’s rights (Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee) while others have stalled (Alabama). Thanks to our partners at CordellCordell.com, here is a snapshot of the status of some of...

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Court: Dads Don’t Have Right To A Lawyer In Child Support Contempt Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Michael Turner, jailed for a year because he could not pay child support, was deprived of his 14th Amendment right to due process. However, the court also ruled indigent civil defendants facing jail time have no automatic right to counsel, according to the ABA Journal. Turner is from South Carolina, one of a handful of states that jail indigent...

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How Federal Debt Collection Laws Help Protect Men’s Rights

Nowadays debt is a very common issue among American households, particularly for men. Men carry more debt than women, $12,953 compared to $11,486 on average, according to Experian, which provides credit information to consumers. From these numbers it’s quite natural to see that men in the U.S file more defaults and get more threatening calls than women. This article is an attempt to depict what...

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David Goldman: The Effects of Child Abduction on Fathers

Overcoming the unimaginable was the theme at the root of David Goldman’s remarkable story and his fight for a father’s right to be reunited with his abducted son, Sean. In 2004, David’s then-wife took their son to Brazil for a brief vacation, but she refused to return starting a complex international custody and abduction battle that took five years until David was reunited with Sean....

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Gender Discrimination Law Upheld by Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a gender-based discrimination law that treats men and women differently when it comes to citizenship, according to the Associated Press. The court dismissed Mexican-born Ruben Flores-Villar’s challenge of the citizenship law. Currently, children born overseas who have one U.S.-citizen parent can obtain U.S. citizenship if the citizen parent had been physically present in the U.S. for a certain period...

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What Are A Father’s Rights To Prevent An Abortion?

What Are A Father’s Rights To Prevent An Abortion?

The case of a New Mexico man who paid for a billboard ad to protest his ex-girlfriend’s decision to have an abortion against his wishes has once again brought up the father’s rights and paternity rights issue of whether a man should have the right to stop a woman from aborting their child. According to the Associated Press, a billboard in New Mexico shows 35-year-old...

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Schwarzenegger’s Paternity Case Brings Attention To ‘Duped Dads’

Schwarzenegger’s Paternity Case Brings Attention To ‘Duped Dads’

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “love child” has brought greater attention to a critical flaw in many states’ paternity laws; that a child “of the marriage” is the responsibility of the husband even if the child is not his. In general, according to Cordell & Cordell mens divorce attorney Leslie Lorenzano, if the husband and wife are still technically married when a child is born, the husband is...

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