- It is not related to actual needs or expenses of the kids.
- There is no requirement or obligation to spend the money on the kids.
- The formulas give each parent a huge financial incentive to deny the
- other parent access to the kids.
- Payments are required even if the custodial parent is rich.
- The formulas presume that a parent who never sees his kid should spend just as much on him as one who sees his kid every day.
- The percentage of income allocated on child-rearing is based on an obscure academic analysis of spending on alcohol, tobacco, and adult clothing.
- The formulas are supposed to be based on income, but do not use actual income like IRS taxes.
- The system has turned middle class single and remarried parents into welfare cases.
- Debts are treated as criminal offenses, and a man can be jailed just because he is unemployed and broke.
- A man can be forced to pay even if a DNA test proves that he is not the father.
- Parents have no financial privacy, and a bitter ex-spouse can use the system for many years of harassment.
- Judges can ignore the formulas with impunity, and there is rarely any appeal.
- For some women, it is a huge and undeserved financial winfall.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
List of child support problems
A reader asked me to summarize what is wrong with the American child support system. Here is my list, in no particular order.