Federal Legislators Propose Enhancements To Title IVD To Enforce Child Support From Conception
Here we go again. Maybe you thought the populist right was pro-family, pro-father, pro-equal shared parenting.
Senators Marco Rubio (R- FL) and Kevin Kramer (R-ND) have formally proposed enhancements to Federal Title IVD regulations to incentivize states to start the clock on child support ticking from the month of conception. In short, the legislation modifies the law to ensure child support is collected and and distributed to pregnant women under the child support enforcement program.
Hi-lights of the bill:
- Mothers can request child support starting from the month of conception.
- Mothers can collect retroactive child support payments from the month of conception after paternity is established.
- The bill contains a Federal child support enforcement enhancement.
Co-Sponsors of the bill in the Senate:
- Steve Daines (R-MT)
- Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
- Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
- Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
- Rick Scott (R-FL)
- Roger Marshall (R-KS)
- James Lankford (R-OK)
- Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Of course, we’ve been calling for the abolishment of Title IVD incentives, bonuses, and Federal regulation of child support enforcement since the beginning. Still, one would think that since legislators (and Republicans, in particular) are willing to go back and tinker with the law, they might have considered incentivizing states to legislate equal shared parenting law.
Again, nope. Not interested. Not important.
This is a lucrative score for the family court industry, states, and the organized evangelical effort to target these mothers. In fact, we’ve gone from dads having no say in whether a child is born and virtually no rights after, to the State compelling the birth of children, and, dads still having virtually no parental rights after.
Now, I don’t mind saying, I’ve been calling bullshit on these populist Republicans from day one; and many of you have become ticked-off at me for that. Well, look where we are now. Rather than making any progress toward de-incentivizing child support harvesting in family court and incentivizing equal shared parenting, we’ve done the opposite. If dad contests a pregnancy and is confirmed as the father, he’s going to be assessed with thousands in arrears from the day the child is born plus the regular assessed payment, he’ll be ordered to pay through the state child support enforcement apparatus, he’ll be under the constant threat of being jailed, and he’ll still have no substantive parental rights after the child is born.
But, let’s also pose this question: Say the tests come back negative, but dad has done the right thing and paid mom support during the pregnancy. Do you honestly believe the family court is going to say, “Oh, okay, not his kid, give the money back…”?
Of course not. Best interests of the children and all that. In fact, I’ll wager they’re just as likely to say “dad has been acting in the capacity of a father, so here’s your four days a month. Miss a payment and you’ll go to jail”. Because THAT’S WHAT THEY DO NOW.
For the love of all that is holy, stop treating these politicians and church pastors like rock stars and stop believing they give a shit about anything but their own goals. THEY WORK FOR YOU, SO START LIKE ACTING LIKE THEY WORK FOR YOU.
Politicians are in general, manipulative and dishonest. Please stop tolerating and enabling this crap. Stand-up for yourself, stand up for fathers, stand-up for children.
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