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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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17 hours ago
Michael S. from San Antonio, TX writes:
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Child support should be equal for each child if its for more than 1 child. Its not fair to my younger baby boy to be ordered by court to get less money than my first boy who has a different mother. Also, WOMEN should be required to help pay for the children too! They just sit at home and collect free child support and live off of it and pay their bills off with it while us MEN work FULL-TIME just to have all our wages garnished and even our raises garnished. YES, at age 5 child support should be lowered for the paying parent and 50% should be REQUIRED by the other parent, PERIOD! Its not fair especially to us MEN!
1 day ago
Someone from Union Dale, PA writes:
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I feel there should be one price set for child support.It should not go on how much you make. Why should Tommy get 800$ a month and Jimmy only gets 100$ a month. Sample If you live in Pennsylvania and you pay child support. 1- child 100$ a week 2 - children 150. A week 3 - children 200 a week. I don't feel because you have a better job you must pay more. I also don't feel that because you have a child with someone you should pay all your money to child support and not be able to live. I know mother's that didn't have to work because they got enough child support to live they don't need to work. So one one parent is paying for this child!!! Yes I do have children but I work and supported my children that lived with me. My son I n It took two not one.
1 day ago
Someone from Folsom, LA writes:
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Debtors jail is a sham! My husband works two jobs at 80 hours a week and over half goes to child support. They throw him in jail on two late payments. Meanwhile, his three other children are being punished by losing their father. As well as the one he's paying support on. How does jail help? He's in and out of jobs due to this crap. How is anyone suppose to stay above water if the system is drowning you!?! There is responsibility but this is ridiculous!
2 days ago
Someone from Atlanta, GA writes:
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How can we change Child Support laws so that the court system would understand the pain it's causing to BLACK families... especially the MEN.
2 days ago
Someone from San Pedro, CA writes:
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I believe it to be unfair for Father's to have to pay the state of CA for any type of welfare that a Mother is given. Instead of teaching (or just doing, and not telling) Mother's to basically sue the Father, they should give help to start a REAL child support process, instead of a process that can forever damage someones life or make it so a Father cannot live either.
3 days ago
Someone writes:
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It is absolutely disgusting how child support "guidelines" are merely used as a way for greedy vindictive ex spouses to make the non custodial parents lives miserable. There should be a baseline for what the cost is of caring for a child. That should include food, clothing, education, medical and shelter. Both parents should be responsible for half of that. It should end there. It should not matter what either parent makes. If the non custodial parent makes a substantial amount of money due to dedication and initiative, he/she should not be penalized for it. If the custodial parent chooses to not be dedicated and have initiative to build a better life for him/herself, he/she should not be rewarded for it. It's that simple. So then why does our government encourage looking into every nook and cranny for additional income the non custodial parent is receiving to include a new spouses income and informs the custodial parent that he/she deserves a portion of that? Why is our government encouraging self entitlement, greed and laziness? What's worse is, why is government allowing the courts to use a military members service against him/her in determining custody? What do we do about this? How do we stop it? Does the congress not care enough to put an end to this? Is there no real financial benefit for them to want change the current laws? It is absolutely appalling that this is how we take care of the men and women that are working hard and making sacrifices to be financially independent. We take away their motivation to be as successful as they can be while we motivate self entitled, trifling, unpersevering, careless, greedy people to continue being financially dependent on others. Is that the definition of the American Dream?
3 days ago
michael g. from dundalk, MD writes:
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I believe child support should be based on income left over after basic living expenses are made to live. Car rent insurance food etc. It's just not fair to fathers to have to struggle and become homeless like I have.
3 days ago
L. R. from Portsmouth, VA writes:
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OUR CHILDREN ARE NOT FOR SALE! Incentivizing states for child support collection is fraud, abuse and a waste of taxpayers money and there is no sound reasoning behind doing so. Yet, the funding of welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, section 8 housing/public housing, and other entitlements continue to increase. Enforcement of Child Support has not decreased the spending for these entitlements, which it was supposed to do.These incentives are aiding the states to cripple our society. It is causing more harm than good. It allows states to set insane guidelines and legally extort money from non-custodial parents. Many non-custodial parents don't mind paying child support, it is the amount they have to pay. It promotes unemployment, leisurely for the custodial parent while the non-custodial parent is forced to quit a good paying job because HE/SHE CANNOT EAT, SURVIVE. 20-25% goes to taxes and 65% goes to child support? The states make their laws based on the incentives provided by the federal government. There is no accountability or oversight of the collection methods or administration. THE CHILD IS THE ONE WHO SUFFERS. The custodial parent definitely does NOT HAVE THE CHILD's INTEREST in mind. They'd rather sell their child(ren) for " 30 pieces of silver" than have both parents in the child's life to help raise respectable and decent children, NOT LOST SOULS WHO SEEK GANGS AND TURN INTO CRIMINALS because MOMMY and DADDY were not there. Child support is a racket. STOP INCENTIVIZING STATES with MY HARD EARNED MONEY. I do NOT support this. ___________________________________________________________________________ Everyone, petition your state to change these laws. Start a Go Fund me Page if necessary to donate to the politician who will enact change. Money talks, its how big corporations get what they want. OUR CHILDREN ARE NOT FOR SALE!!! Please see my petition to have the tax laws child to include child support as income and tax deductible.
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Someone from Tampa, FL writes:
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Please help! I am a father being threatened and forced to pay 6k in arrearage to my first daughters mother but I have been the sole provider for my daughter.How does this happen?My daughters mother entered a claim of child support and left the state with my daughter without me knowing. I found out a few years later ,when the state is threatening to suspend my license ,that she did this ,mind you I already had an arrangement with the courts to pay for private school which I did in full.Why does the state go after its male citizens like predators?At a hearing I was belittled for being a stay at home father of my youngest and actually being present in my daughters life. Hernan Castro (lawyer for Dor)told me that women should stay home and males should go to work in Jan 2017.At a hearing I wasnt even allowed to speak or submit the proof I was taking care of my daughter with no help from her mother or the state. This should be about the kids well being and support. This system is breaking families and lives apart for a buck and it's disgraceful! Trying to recoup ill spent tax payers money on American fathers back. I never got a dime from this government I believe in honesty,hard work and self suffiency. All I got was taxed for my hard work. She didn't work ,gets welfare Medicaid food stamps . The system is Undermining American families. It has to stop!!!
3 days ago
Someone from New Carlisle, IN writes:
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I agree that the system is screwed up. There are women out there that use getting pregnant as a form of employment. The system is very one sided and is a major burden on the non-custodial parent. Most non-custodial fathers have most if not all the financial burden and if they try to get ahead by working overtime, they can be taken back to court and child support increased and be in arrears. So they don't get their children and they don't get their paycheck and they can't get ahead. Then the children hold it over their heads that they weren't there for them like the custodial parent was and they don't realize that being the custodial parent is often times easier than being the non-custodial parent! Especially if the custodial parent has a steady source of income coming in and doesn't have to work or is under employed. I am a mother to 4 (1 is in college) who receives no support from the non custodial parent and I work full time. I also provide health insurance for all 4 children and have not been reimbursed for medical expenses for the past 3 years. My husband is the father of 5 and pays over 40% of his gross pay to his exes, 30% goes to taxes, another 10% for health coverage for him and his children (even though the exes are on Medicaid because they don't work) so that leaves about 20% of his paycheck to live on. How does the system expect a person to live on 20% of their paycheck?