Child support versus supporting a child’s right to be with both his parents

August 15th, 2007

Every once and a while you see a story like this one about deadbeat dads and the ways the government tries to get them to pay up.

You know what you never see?

Stories about what the government does to make sure that malicious moms comply with their visitation requirements.

You know why?

Because the government does basically nothing.

A custodial mother can delay, generic cialis there diminish, viagra doctor and even deny visitation and never really be punished for it.

Not paying child support is despicable and the government should be involved in helping to collect it. But keeping a father from his children is just as deplorable.

And while back child support can eventually be collected, there’s no way for a father to get that missing time back with his kids.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. capper  |  August 15th, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    Elliot-

    The reason for the focus on collecting child support is elementary. The more money collected in child support, the less paid out in public benefits. Even though taxpayer money is used in both circumstances, enforcing child support costs less than general benefits, plus the government can skim some of the support as reimbursement.

    The thing I don’t understand is why Bush cut the funding for collecting child support when this would increase the state and local costs a lot more.

    As for the withholding visitation, as often as not, there is an underlying cause for the mother to take that position, other than petty spite. It is as often to get the father to push it into court so that the child support can be brought up, or some other personal reason, like domestic violence.

    Unfortunately, that still leaves the women that deny visitiation with just cause, and can only be addressed, often rather ineffectively, in family court, at the father’s expense.

  • 2. John Michlig  |  August 18th, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    Don’t know about Wisconsin, but in Minnesota a father can assert and maintain visitation rights and weekends even when he has not kept the children insured as required.

    The mother cannot withhold visitation even with just cause, evidently.

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