Tag: Child Support Reform


Kentucky Proposes Changing Child Support Laws

Kentucky Proposes Changing Child Support Laws

By Tara N. Brewer A proposed bill in Kentucky to modify the state’s “outdated” child support laws could lessen a child support payor’s obligations. Results from a 2008 survey for the state Child Support Guidelines Review Commission suggested that the analysis of parental spending plans are outdated, as the current analysis of parental spending plan is based off of data from 1987. Proponents of the...

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A Case Study: Stopping Child Support While Incarcerated

A Case Study: Stopping Child Support While Incarcerated

By Sara Pitcher Cordell & Cordell Noblesville, Indiana Divorce Lawyer Incarceration may be grounds for modifying your child support obligation. Your modified child support obligation would likely be based on your actual income while you are incarcerated, including any funds available to you for paying support. The Indiana Supreme Court case of Lambert v. Lambert stated that the father’s pre-incarceration income could not be imputed...

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Child Support Case Study: Jailing Dads Who Can’t Pay

Child Support Case Study: Jailing Dads Who Can’t Pay

One of the more visible issues challenging father’s rights is that most men who are behind on child support are not unwilling to pay; they are unable to pay. And yet courts across the country continue to jail fathers for their inability to pay. The article “Child Support: The ‘Deadbeat Dad’ Predicament” examined the issue of jailing “deadbeat dads,” but this article looks at a...

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Child Support: The “Deadbeat Dad” Predicament

Child Support: The “Deadbeat Dad” Predicament

With the unemployment rate at 8.5 percent nationally, and the underemployment rate fluctuating around the 19 percent mark, divorced dads who fit into either of these categories are still being hauled off to jail in handcuffs for failure to pay child support. The issue with jailing so-called “deadbeat dads” is more often than not Dad is not a criminal; he is just broke. The Sixth...

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Child Support Facts and Fathers Rights

Child Support Facts and Fathers Rights

New child support facts show that $35.1 billion in child support was owed in 2009 with fathers representing only 17.8 percent of custodial parents. Of the 11.2 million custodial mothers, almost 55 percent were awarded child support. Yet of the less than 2.5 million custodial fathers in 2009, only 30.4 percent were awarded child support. That is significantly down from 2007 when 40.4 percent of...

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Child Support for Children Born Out of Wedlock

Almost 26 percent of children in the United States are being raised by single parents, according to research done by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. As more children are being born out of wedlock, establishment of child support payments to financially support a child of a single parent is becoming more commonplace. If you are the father of a child, but are not...

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Supreme Court to Rule on Jailing Fathers Who Owe Child Support

Indigent fathers who owe child support but do not have legal counsel may no longer be thrown in jail when they cannot pay. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in March in a South Carolina case where a man was jailed for one year for failing to pay child support. South Carolina is one of a handful of states that jail indigent child...

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Men and Fathers: Get Your Justice

It’s no secret that men and fathers battling for equal rights face an uphill battle in a family court setting. Lary Holland recognized this, but also saw more of a problem with family courts as a whole within the country. So he started Get Your Justice Live, which originally was a podcast about the local laws and policies that he distributed to government employees.



Child Support Reform – Fathers and Families

Going after a man’s wallet and his finances is one of the more blatant and destructive ways the family court system attacks men. The past few years many fathers have fallen behind on child support payments due to the economy and high unemployment rate. The problem is when dads do fall behind it is extremely difficult to pay off the additional arrears because of the...

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