Child Support Enforcement
|Date Added: November 01, 2009 06:59:38 PM|
Everyone knows of or has heard stories of people who refuse to pay child support. Maybe one parent denies that the child is theirs or else one of the parents has simply vanished into thin air. Unfortunately for those children, they are the ones who ultimately suffer from that lack of responsibility. It isn’t always easy for a single parent to raise one child, or more, on a limited income. Having child support is something that is desperately needed. Until recent years, there wasn’t any type of child support enforcement that worked forcefully. In fact, parents who were ordered to pay child support could laugh, ignore the orders and rarely see any repercussions from their choice.
Now, the government has taken more steps to ensuring that children and families are getting the support that they need to thrive. All states now have their own child support enforcement programs. Their job is to obtain support for the children who are in need. They work to establish paternity and locate parents in order to hold those irresponsible accountable for their actions and choices. After establishing paternity and finding the parents, the child support enforcement programs get to work.
No one can ever agree on how much child support should be paid. Each state has their own guidelines when it comes to determining how that amount is figured out. Usually, a court order will dictate what the support amounts should be. One of the best aspects of child support enforcement programs is that if the parents are not willingly paying on time and without struggle, the government will enforce it. Now, parents can be required to pay their child’s support from their paychecks or income taxes. At the present time, almost 70% of child support across the country is paid in this manner. Child support enforcement has really started to make a difference on many families. Children are finally getting health care and money that is necessary for moving forward in life. For parents who still refuse to cooperate and owe back amounts of support, the child support enforcement programs can take more action against the violaters. The government may deny a passport or a driver’s license to those who owe various amounts of money. Those slackers may find that their assets and bank accounts have been frozen and seized. Someone may even end up spending time in jail because they find it necessary to ignore the court orders.
Anyone can make a baby and become a parent by accident. It takes a real man or woman to be supportive in that child’s life and help them grow into responsible adults. Thanks to programs such as the child support enforcement teams, that has become much more possible for many families.
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