Unfair child support laws

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After children turn 5 they are in school and those women who collect child support sit at home doing nothing when they could be working part time to help support there children. It use to be the male as the main source of income, not anymore, we live in tough economic times, where it takes two in the household to support children. Why should those women stay at home when they could be working. The law should be added to so that those women don't have several babies and then wait for the child support to come in. They should at least be given some finacial responsibility as well as the father. After there youngest turns 5 they should should be required to work part-time to collect there child support. Nobody should have a free ride.

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I paid $1058 per month on a temporary order for 2 kids during proceedings just over 2 years ago working a seasonal job for the union and income was superimposed from a monthly $832 final order as I continued to be homeless and working on the road for 2 years. I approached $11000 in arrears, they withheld my federal and state income taxes to make current my arrears. I just a few months ago attained a residence at the closing of the second time my former spouse took me to court for an adjustment. I was again thrown under the heavy financial burden of more support, backdated payments/arrears caused by the Court of Iowa and the legal parties opposing me, as I was self represented. I now pay $1200+ a month and will return to $1058 per month. It is crushing me financially as I work a good job, pay for the kid's medical insurance an additional $242 per month, and no means to drive the 3 hour round trip to spend the weekend with my children. I all in all will give up and move back in with my parents, give up a new loving relationship, and be near penniless only bringing home $726 dollars a month. My rent is $735, I had to let my truck go back to the bank, can't afford fuel, borrow transportation, utilities are past due, my phone is soon to be shut off, and the list goes on. In closing, Iowa is terrible and CSRU is beyond crooked as are the courts that allow such action. Thank you Iowa for ruining the next decade of my life and the chance to ensure my children a great future.
Concerned Father
It is entirely unfair to force one parent to pay more towards the child's care than the other. Each parent has an EQUAL responsibility to the child. By allowing one parent to pay more than the other, only enables the lesser paying parent to continue down a less productive path.
To many have kids with many partners just to collect child support sad part not even 25% is used on the child. I am a hard working mom and very Thankful that my husband and I are a team. Before having our children we made a promise no matter what happens to us our kids will not suffer both have to work to support them and I agree with this 10000000000%
You choice to have the child now it is yr obligation to take care of the child
My ex owed me $68,000 when he passed away a few years ago. I worked and took care of my kids and remarried recently My now husband pays his child support every week as ordered while his ex and her husband neither one worked and lived solely on the mass amount of child support he was ordered to pay. His work slowed down and he got behind and now he owes more in interest on his support then what he owed in arrearrage. DCSE ruined his credit and takes so much from him tha we barely get by while his ex is living high on the hog. What is wrong with our coutry?
I gave every penny i had to the mother of my son to get out of debt. I found out she was bringing my son around a child molester and attacked me bit me and i didn't press charges as she just had our son. My company got bought by another company and my pay dropped in half yet i still have to pay 1290 plus his health care. I was forced to quit my job and move in with family as i was going to be homeless. I don't understand how this is a fair system my son now has his father living across country and she doesn't want me seeing him. I just found a job but have to save for a lawyer money that could be going to support my son but can't afford the amount they want me to pay as i only made that much money for one year of my life and gave most of the money to the mother. She won't send me photos of my son and i have to wait for weeks for her to tell me how he is doing. I fear for myself as i might end up in jail now as i'm trying to make ends meet and get stuff fixed but the system is very unfair and the person that is getting punished the most is my son. I now have a job that pays less than my past job but couldn't live without someone's help as they were taking everything i made. I really wish i could of keep my job and they could of fixed something but they told me they couldn't do anything for me. It's amazing someone that is working full time and trying to do the best for my son. I had the mother file a restaining order against me two days after i called CPS that she was bringing my son around a sexual molester. And i wasn't able to see my son for seven months. Our country really needs to fix this as it's destroying my son having a loving father in this life as i'm trying to find a way to pay for everything but am not able to. I hope they fix this one day as it's destroyed my life and i'm sure will destroy countless more lives. Having my company bought and my pay dropping wasn't something i could control and i was back on child support because half my paycheck wasn't enough to cover what they said i should pay. So I don't know if my job will hire me after they do the check on my credit so i might not be able to get a decent job anymore and i know i have suffered a lot but the one who i feel the worst for is my son who i love more than anything in the world.
I just got out of the marine corps after 7 and a half years (honorable service ) I first started paying child support in 2007 when I joined, I was sending the mother $600 a month every month on time as usual with no delays, now I am out of the corps as of 10/14/2014 and am unable to pay bec I don't have a job and it's hard to find work here in washington d.c. I have contacted child support and told them and explained that I am no longer a marine and they said sorry nothing they can do and that I still half to pay $600 every month, they don't even try to work with the parent who has to pay at all and now I don't know what to do, I have no job and no money and I am afraid that if it keeps going the way it's going I will be in jail and my license will be suspended, I have never had any type of trouble in my life until now not even with law enforcement, my child's mother works as a nurse and she also has a husband and are doing fine. I love my child and would do anything for him but I feel that the court system is making things unfair for the men that are really doing there jobs and providing for the children.
I just got out of the marine corps after 7 and a half years, I first started paying child support in 2007 when I joined, I was sending the mother $600 a month every month on time as usual with no delays, now I am out of the corps as of 10/14/2014 and am unable to pay bec I don't have a job and it's hard to find work here in washington d.c. I have contacted child support and told them and explained that I am no longer a marine and they said sorry nothing they can do and that I still half to pay $600 every month, I don't know what to do now, I have no job and no money and I am afraid that if it keeps going the way it's going I will be in jail and my license will be suspended, I have never had any type of trouble in my life until now, my child's mother works as a nurse and she also has a husband and are doing fine. I love my child and would do anything for him but I feel that the court system is making things unfair for the men that are really doing there jobs and providing for the children.
Its the same as every other father on here, we pay to much, we cannot live within our means, I'm about to be homeless and she just bought a new car? How does this work
2005 Missouri Revised Statutes - 454.420. Legal actions to establish or enforce support obligations, brought, by whom, procedure--assignment to family services terminates, when, effect--money collected, where deposited.

454.420. Any legal action necessary to establish or enforce support obligations owed to the state shall be brought by prosecuting attorneys, or other attorneys under cooperative agreement with the division of child support enforcement, upon being furnished notice by the division of such obligation. If the amount of the support obligation owed to the state has not been determined because no court order exists, the division of child support enforcement may refer the case to the appropriate prosecuting attorney, or other attorney under cooperative agreement with the division, for establishment and enforcement of a support order or order for reimbursement. When a recipient is no longer eligible for aid to families with dependent children benefits, the assignment shall terminate, unless the recipient and the division of child support enforcement agree otherwise, except for those unpaid support obligations still owing to the state under the assignment at the time of the discontinuance of aid. Upon referral from the division of child support enforcement, such unpaid obligations shall be collected by the prosecuting attorney, or other attorney under cooperative agreement with the division, up to the amount of unreimbursed aid paid by the division of family services prior to or after execution of the assignment of support rights. Moneys collected pursuant to this section shall be paid to the department of social services for deposit in the child support enforcement fund in the state treasury.