How to Change a Child Support Order

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June 26, 2014

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How to Change a Child Support Order
By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, National Parents Organization

Vicki Turetsky
Vicki Turetsky
Recently Vicki Turetsky, Commissioner, Office of Child Support Enforcement, issued a Dear Colleague Letter (below), announcing the release of its guide: Changing a Child Support Order. National Parents Organization is reproducing her letter below with links to resources provided. It is a thorough guide to changing child support orders with information for every state. There is a particular emphasis on those who are or have been incarcerated. It is a good place for every parent to start who is paying or receiving child support.

In addition to this, National Parents Organization continues to expand its Information Resources on our website. Within this section are: Forms and Documents and Frequently Asked Questions. In Forms and Documents you will find links to the forms used in every state for divorce, alimony, and child custody. In the Frequently Asked Questions, we have begun to post and answer many of the questions our family law attorneys tell us they answer most often.  Within this is information on shared parenting that parents may use in their cases and that our volunteers may use in their lobbying in their state.

The Information Resources section is being expanded monthly. Keep returning to see what else is new. Read more...

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Surviving Parental Alienation: A Journey of Hope and Healing
June 24, 2014 by Amy J.L. Baker, Ph.D.
This is the first of three blogs providing an overview of “Surviving Parental Alienation, A Journey of Hope and Healing,” a recent book by Amy Baker and Paul Fine on parental alienation In the book, several stories are written by targeted parents and analyzed by Baker and Fine in order to say something larger about the dynamics of parental alienation. In the first third of “Surviving parental alienation,” four stories are presented and analyzed. Read more...

Jennifer McIntosh: New Makeup, Same Face
June 23, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Since we’re back on the issue of overnight care of very young children, I thought it would be a good time to deal with the most recent paper on the subject by our old friend Jennifer McIntosh. As I reported here, McIntosh and her new co-authors, Marsha Cline Pruett and Joan Kelly, have put out two companion papers. Read more...

North Dakota Update: Signatures Submitted for Shared Parenting Ballot Initiative in November
June 22, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Meanwhile, in North Dakota, the amazingly persistent Mitchell Sanderson and his supporters have gotten almost 14,000 signatures on their petition to place an equal parenting referendum on the ballot this November. State law requires that any state-wide referendum petition have 13,452 signatures and Sanderson, et al have achieved that. Read more...

Nielsen and Warshak Respond to Penelope Leach
June 22, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Here is Dr. Linda Nielsen’s response to Penelope Leach’s recent claims about the social science of overnight visits regarding very young children:

"As have many other social scientists, I have written an extensive critique of the McIntosh, Smyth et al study on which Leach relies so heavily — pointing out dozens of examples of how this one study has been "woozled" (distorted and misrepresented) to mislead the public. Read more...

More Anti-Science on Children’s Overnights with Dads
June 20, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Truly, the anti-dad crowd has no shame. After decades of social science research has demonstrated unequivocally the value of fathers to children, those opposed to children having complete relationships with their dads are now entirely bereft of any legitimate argument for their position. So what do they do? They make stuff up. Indeed, they make stuff up that’s known, and widely publicized, to be false. It doesn’t get more brazen and desperate than that. Here’s the latest (The Telegraph, 6/15/14). Read more...

Reality TV! Child Support Court
June 20, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
One of the most tenacious enemies of the truth is our dependence on fictional narratives. This is not to say those narratives don’t often provide a window on the truth; they do. But when facts collide with a popularly-held narrative, however fictional, we often set aside the facts and keep the narrative. As Coleridge said, we attain “that willing suspension of disbelief” that all art requires. Read more...

Israel to Clamp Down on Dads with Child Support Arrears; Declares Them the ‘Enemy’
June 19, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Bad as things are for fathers in the United States, Canada, the U.K. and the rest of the English-speaking world, we can always count on their being worse elsewhere, namely, Israel. After all, how often do we see members of a country’s national legislative body sued for slander and defamation by fathers’ rights activists? That’s what happened just a few weeks ago in Israel when one feminist member of the Knesset thought it was acceptable legally and morally to openly lie about a particular fathers’ rights activist. As I said, things here are bad, but so far state and federal legislators haven’t stooped that low. Yet. Read more...

New York Times Missed the Boat on Father’s Day
June 18, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
In the run-up to Father’s Day, the general gist of articles on fathers seemed to be less hateful toward men with children than usual. Of course the New York Times did its best to buck the trend with its pre-Father’s Day forum, a set of short pieces by five different authors (New York Times, 6/14/14). Read more...


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