Republican Senator Introduces Federal Legislation To Increase Child Support Payments And Ties It To Federal Title IV-D Incentives.

Populism has gained significant traction in the US and all over the world, really, primarily because it seeks to remedy complaints that the will of the People is being ignored by a condescending and self-serving political establishment. It’s also an entirely rational response, because it’s clear that politicians have become far too accustomed to using […]

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Family Law Reform: Blame-Shifting, Victim-Shaming, and Deception.

Last year, I was having a discussion with a woman I know who was having an on-going custody and child support dispute with the father of her children. Just to lay the groundwork, the father gets 4 hours visitation on Sunday afternoons every two weeks and, he gets to walk his child from her mother’s […]

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Family Law Reform: Sometimes People Want You To Think It’s About Others, When It’s Really About Them.

I was reminded of the thought expressed in the title to this post the other day, which provoked me to update some older posts that decomposed and explained Title IV-D bonuses and incentives to states (Federal Title IV-D funds are bonuses and incentives paid to states for maximizing, collecting, enforcing, and administering child support payments). […]

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Apparently, Noncustodial Parents Need To Be Encouraged To “Visit” With Their Children.

  Recently, I was updating our breakdown of Title IV-D incentive payments to states, and I came across this little gem in a 2012 budget request from the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families for title IV-D funding. This is on page 278 (source https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/olab/cse.pdf): “Child Support and Fatherhood Initiative […]

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Family Law Reform: The Ugly Truth About Why States Don’t Want The Presumption Of 50/50 Parenting After Divorce

Note: This is an updated consolidation of two posts made in August/September 2012. Way back in 2012,  we were having a discussion where I was asserting that states can receive anywhere from $1 to $2 in Federal subsidy payments for every dollar they collect and administer in child support payments.  And it was during this […]

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Caution: Shared Parenting May Not Be What You Think It Is.

Is shared parenting legislation a win? Sadly, probably not. In truth, it’s mostly political deception intended to manufacture the appearance of change, when in fact, there is nothing that is substantively different from existing law. To test for yourself if this statement is true, ask yourself a few questions about your proposed or existing shared […]

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Family Law Reform: The Failure Of A Moral Argument

Consider the following story from one of our members: “My son testified in the state capital when a proposal was made to adopt 50/50 custody. He did not care about money, he pays his support by living home with me. What he wanted was more time with his sons and he petitioned for an extra […]

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