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Petition Info

  • Type: Members
  • Item: Nap-Sack ....
  • Goal: 1,000,000 signatures
  • Deadline: December 31, 2017 11:50 PM EST
  • Category: Economic Justice
  • Descriptions:
    To fix a broken system that was originally designed to help single mothers and fathers who need financial relief, but instead leaves non-custodial parents (NCP) in a much more difficult situation, where they find themselves in economic trouble and/or incarceration.

Petition Statistics

  • Created By: Nap-Sack ....
  • Posted: January 12, 2015
  • Updated: Dec 3
  • 38 signatures
  • 11 comments
  • 1 like
  • 3,894 views

Background

Petition to Change Child Support

It should be noted that at no time should this petition be presumed as an attempt to end child support. The purpose of the child support system is valid, it is the system itself that is flawed. This petition is an effort to suggest ways to make the child support process easier, more effective and relevant. And by following this new approach, we feel it will create better relations between the parents and the child/ren. Our desire is to, hopefully, end massive incarceration and job losses because of failure to pay child support. Instead of attacking the system, we need to change it.

Our belief:

The courts should not intrude on how parents handle their child/ren or their child/ren’s welfare. Our intent is to change the process, and by doing so, change the system.  We are looking at a European close-style process and believe that this will create a more stable environment for the custodial and non-custodial parent alike.

Our position:

Each state should be linked to one Child Support Enforcement system, similar to the DMV system. It doesn’t make sense that each state has no pertinent information regarding what has happened or is happening in another state concerning a particular child support case. This should be a priority. Implementing this would automatically modify the system.

Going through the court system to seek modification should not be an option. With a unified system, Child Support Enforcement would be able to review and rectify any issues that may arise, across state line if necessary. This would create a simple process to keep the non-custodial parent from going into arrears.

Our Road Map to Finally Changing the System!

  1. Allow the parents to resolve their differences concerning a solution that will benefit the child/ren (financial and/or joint custody).
  2. If the parents are unable to arrive at a mutual agreement, they will seek assistance through the Child Support Enforcement Agency. Child Support Enforcement Agency will then allow a mediator to join the negotiations.
  3. If a solution cannot be found, even through mediation, Child Support Enforcement will at that point have the power to make the final decision. They will use a formula that will be fair to both the parents and the child/ren. The non-custodial parent will have their payment automatically deducted from their wages. 
  4. If the non-custodial parent is unemployed, he/she will receive assistance through a state program that offers either assistance to find employment or train them in certain job skills that will enable them find employment.
  5. If the non-custodial parent is required to go through a job search or training program, the state will continue to pay the custodial parent until the non-custodial parent finds employment.
  6. If the state does pay the custodial parent, the non-custodial parent shall reimburse the state through a payment plan that does not leave the non-custodial parent in a state where he/she cannot maintain an appropriately comfortable lifestyle and attend to their own reasonable expenses.
  7. If the non-custodial parent refuses to participate in the negotiations or in the program that would help him/her achieve employment, The Child Support Enforcement Agency would then go through the court system. The court system would then take authority and make any decisions necessary to acquire payment for the child/ren.
  8. Jail time or suspension of the non-custodial parent’s driver’s license and/or passport should not be considered unless the non-custodial parent refuses to pay or participate in any state program that would help the non-custodial parent seek employment. This will also eliminate surreptitious jobs.
  9. A unified computer system will facilitate automatic modification for non-custodial parents preventing arrearages from occurring.
  10. Once the system has been modified, all arrearages and current payment plans would become "null and void," until a new process is put in place to make it better and fairer for both parents.
  11. The non-custodial parent should not be require to pay support for their child who had entered college. College is not mandatory and so should not be a requirement.

We want to change the system, but we believe, in order to change the system, we must change the process. We believe this is the best way to reach a consensus and make it fair to all parties.

Our goal:

To acquire 1 million signatures. Once we achieve this goal, a class action lawsuit will ensue. The class action lawsuit is not to solicit money, but to begin the process of changing the child support laws and bringing attention to the corrupt system, by going through the courts and following the appeals process, if necessary. Each signature will be party to the class action law suit.

A law firm has already been retained to represent us once we receive the required number of signatures (the name of the law firm will be disclosed once we receive the required signatures and begin the process). The petition will also be hand deliver to every US Senator for review and sponsorship.

Our success in the effort is by no means certain, but we are adamant and determined to continue to fight until this system works for all, and incarceration due to child support is no longer an issue. It has also been proven that Blacks and Hispanics suffer the most under the current system. 

Please sign our petition and help us fix this broken system!