| Action Alert: Bill Seeks to Raise Child Supoprt Levels in Terrible
Economy; Ohio F & F Affiliate Launched
Version: Ohio SB 292 will raise child support levels in the face of the worst economy since the Great Depression. Fathers
and Families of Ohio is working to defeat SB 292 this
legislative session but we need your help—please fill out our form here and we will send your letter to all appropriate legislators.
Background Information: Senator Shirley Smith (D-Cleveland) and Senator Bill Seitz
(R-Cincinnati) have introduced Ohio SB 292 into the current Ohio
legislative session. While the bill does have some significant
positives, it has some very ugly negatives. These are all detailed here.
Fathers and Families is working to stop SB 292 in its present form.
Fathers and Families is the nation's leader in passing child support
and alimony reform legislation to ensure that obligors are being
treated fairly. Examples of some of our legislative successes in these
areas include AZ HB 2348, CA SB 1482, CA SB 580, CA SB 1355, CA SB 285,
IN HB 1165, and MA HB 930.
Moreover, in Massachusetts we were responsible for reducing excessive
child support by over $1 billion in Massachusetts from 2001 through
We will work constructively with Ohio legislators to create a child
support bill that will be fair, protect children, and promote the
active involvement of both parents in their children's lives.
Fathers and Families of Ohio is working to defeat SB 292 this legislative session but we need your help—please fill out our form here and we will send your letter to all appropriate legislators.
F & F
F of Ohio leaders, pictured at our founding meeting in Columbus--from
left to right, front row: Alyssa Trimble, Lisa Cole, Julie
Carpenter-Hubin, Susan Takach, Rita Fuerst-Adams. From left to right,
middle row: Paul Fisher, Ned Holstein, Terry Kee, Matt Johnson,Terry
Krukemyer. From left to right, back row: Edwin Hissa, Jim Wiggins,
Glenn Sacks, Donald Hubin, Bruce Peoples, and Rick Bell.
Greetings from F & F of
Ohio's Executive Committee:
We Have a Lot of Work to Do, and We Want You to Be a Part of It
Every child has a right to the loving
guidance and support of both parents. Ohio, like other states, has
adopted laws, practices, and public policies that do not protect this
right, and sometimes actively undermine it. Fathers and Families of
Ohio has been formed to address this problem and to bring to Ohio the
gains that Fathers and Families has achieved in other states.
We're committed to the following:
These are just a few of the many
issues that Fathers and Families of Ohio is working on right now,
and we want you to be a part of it. To contact
Fathers and Families of Ohio, please call (800) 704-3237 or email us at [email protected].
Enforcement: Research shows that many non-residential parents in Ohio have
difficulty exercising their court-ordered parenting time because of
interference by the other parent. We are working with the Ohio
Fatherhood Commission and selected legislators to provide a prompt,
low-cost, effective solution to this problem.
seek: a cap on the duration of any spousal support obligation to half
the length of the marriage; a prohibition against continuation of
spousal support past the age of retirement; to eliminate "double dipping”
consideration of a obligor's business both as an asset in the property
division and as a source of income for purposes of spousal support);
and numerous other reforms to R.C. 3105.18, Ohio's spousal support
- Presumption of Shared
Parenting: Children of divorce or separation should be
permitted to have as full a relationship with each parent as possible.
We seek to create a law under which each custody case begins with a
legal presumption of shared parenting and moves to sole custody only if
it is necessary to protect children.
Ohio Senate is considering a bill that would significantly increase the rates in the
Basic Child Support Table. We're working with the Ohio Office of Child
Support and with state legislators to ensure that child support is
reasonable and fair.
Custody Rights: Many deployed service personnel face
family court issues. We seek to follow up on Fathers and Families'
legislative successes in other states with Ohio legislation that
protect deployed servicemembers' child custody and parenting time
rights and shield them from family court financial abuses.
Making political change costs
money--to contribute to Fathers and Families of Ohio, please click here.
The changes we seek won't come easily,
but with your help, they will come.
Together with you in the love of our
Donald C. Hubin, Ph.D., Chairman, F & F of Ohio Executive
Paul Lee, Esq., Member, F & F of Ohio Executive Committee
Steven J. Kokensparger, Esq., Member, F & F of Ohio
Matthew Johnson, M.S. Ed., Member, F & F of Ohio Executive