President Obama Addresses Hyde Park Academy

Kentucky Updating Child Support Guidelines

Fathers and Families Welcomes Matt Hale

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President Obama Addresses Hyde Park Academy

Kentucky Updating Child Support Guidelines

Fathers and Families Welcomes Matt Hale
February 22, 2013
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President Obama Addresses Hyde Park Academy
By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director,
Fathers and Families

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama spoke before students and faculty of Hyde Park Academy, in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago. Most assumed it would be another speech on gun violence.

After recognizing victims of gun violence, including those killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old from Chicago who was killed just days after she performed with her high school band at Obama's inauguration festivities, President Obama took a more personal turn in his speech to the students and faculty.

"As the son of a single mom who gave everything she had to raise me, with the help of my grandparents, I turned out okay," he said, calling single moms "heroic" and worthy of praise.

But he added, "At the same time, I wish I'd had a father who was around and involved."

Young boys and young men, in particular, "don't see an example of fathers or grandfathers, uncles, who are in a position to support families, and be held up and respected," Obama continued. Yet the biggest factor in determining a child's success — and preventing a child from sliding into a life of crime — is having a "loving, supportive family," he said.

"And by the way, that's all kinds of parents. That includes foster parents, that includes grandparents, extended families. That includes gay or straight parents," Obama added to applause. "Those parents supporting kids, that's the single most important thing. Unconditional love for your child, that makes a difference."

Fathers and Families applauds President Barack Obama for advocating for the importance of fathers and both parents to our children and our communities. Help us spread President Barack Obama's speech. Our children have been waiting for this day.

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Kentucky Updating Child Support Guidelines
By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director,
Fathers and Families

Fayette Family Court Judge Lucinda Masterton is pushing for legislation that will change Kentucky's child support guidelines. Fayette Family Court Judge Lucinda Masterton said that when parents ask her what specific data the state uses for its child-support guideline tables, "I have to sheepishly say, 'They are based on data from 1987 about what it took to raise children.' It makes the whole system look like we are outdated, that we are a dinosaur."

The proposed legislation was introduced as Senate Bill 87 by Senator Robin Webb, D-Grayson, and as House Bill 169, by Representative Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville.

The major change is an adjustment for the increasing number of children who are dividing their time equally or almost equally between their parents. The proposed legislation says the court may adjust the amount of child support if there is a shared parenting order that grants one parent physical custody of a child for more than 109 days a year.

Fathers and Families Kentucky Executive Committee chair Matthew Hale is contacting legislators about four major concerns. The proposed guidelines:
  • Kentucky's child support guidelines are already higher than neighboring Tennessee. These bills would increase Kentucky's guidelines by even more. These bills would then multiply the new even higher levels by 1.5 before accounting for shared parenting.
  • Obligors, usually fathers, but not obligees, usually mothers, accountable for violating shared parenting orders.
  • Does not impute income to parents who were the primary caregivers when married until the youngest child is three years old. Imputes full income to parents who were the primary breadwinners immediately.
  • Omits deductions for work related childcare or medical premiums paid by a parent.
Matt said, "We will be speaking with legislators from both parties to address these obvious problems. We anticipate that they will be working with us to make common sense amendments to the bills. Fathers and Families welcomes this conversation about shared parenting if we can see substanial improvements. We appreciate the Kentucky legislators who've brought this issue to the forefront. We welcome all Kentucky congressmen and women who have children's and parents' best interests in mind. I've spoken with several legislators like Brad Montell and David Osborne who take these issues very seriously."

Fathers and Families Welcomes
Matt Hale

Matt Hale
Matt Hale
Fathers and Families continues to broaden its national coverage with an enhanced focus on Kentucky. The nation’s leader in promoting shared parenting and equitable divorce laws has named Matt Hale the group’s first Chair for the newly formed Kentucky Executive Committee.

Matt brings 24 years of business experience selling construction materials in Kentucky. Further, he also has a strong education background with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing from Bradley University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Louisville. The Goshen, KY resident has also served as a neighborhood president and PTA committee chairman.

Matt understands the benefits of shared parenting by watching his own daughters, two biological and one adopted, benefit from the increasingly popular arrangement. Moreover, Matt’s wife Jennifer and her two sons are giving him the opposite gender perspective on the issue.

“I’m excited about the opportunities Fathers and Fathers brings to Kentucky families. Too many families have had one parent, usually the father, denied his or her parental rights by the family courts. This damages not only the ousted parent but the children too. I believe that proper education and people’s good inner spirit can lead to a better path, shared parenting.”
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