I have been on both ends of the services for the child support enforcement. I beleive that having a means to inforce child support is necessary, but I do not agree with an agency that is suppose to represent the child for support that gives preferance to parents who are on state assistance.
The formula used to calculate support needs to be amended. It is truly unjust that a person is penalized for being the only parent willing to get a job to support my children. The custodial parent really is not held under any obligation to earn a living! The noncustodial will pay a higher percent of support based on that.
My husbands ex wife has not had a job in the 6 years he and I have been together, or not on the books anyway. She has had the occassion to work for her boyfriend, but said that she didnt work because she was a student. She walked in court with 1 W-2 for under $2000.00 worth of annual income. Are we as a society to believe that it is really possible for a person to have absolutly no income? If a person does not, would it not seem that if the other parent has a stable job and home life, no drug or alcohol addictions, no criminal record, that loved the child as much as any parent would not be better suited for custody.
I mean, to allow the lazy parent to abuse the system by REFUSING to work to provide for the child teaches the child that you can grow up to be a nothing. What message is the child getting? Then the state does not factor in that old Uncle sam takes the 1st 35% of a persons pay, and the state can take up to 50%! This is of the gross pay! Did you know that ost of the case workers who handle these child support issues do not know what the General Assembly says in referance to your support obligation and the provision of medical insurance. That without a hearing in front of a udge they can contact your empoyer to force them to charge you for medical insurance even if you have provided insurance for the child through a spouse, and they can intervene on your order at anytime holding youaccountable until you can fight it out in court which if you are lucky only takes 1 day of work away.
I could go on and on, I was in court with my husband when a man was in court for $5,000.00 in arrearages. He was arrested on his job! He had all his reciepts and the judge realized that he was not in th arrears, but he had already lost several days of work, he already lived through the humiliation of being arrested in front of his co-workers. The governmentneeds a "secret shopper" type of person to get in there to see just how badly this system is failing parents and children.
My ex husband had paid support for several months, and i was unaware that The NC child support had stopped my support order until he an I had words over who needed to pick up the bill for one of the childrens many needs. The state took the money and just held it. neither my ex or I was notified that they canceld the support order for my 2 children, then 8 & 9 years old. I had to reapply and pay $25.00 wait for a court date, and then the money was paid as if it was a credit for future months. I never was reimbursed for the months I had to do without support for my children due to an error in the child support enforcements system. I had to contact everyone in the NC state legislature to get action even then. I was also treated very rudley byt he case worker on any contact I tried to make.