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Battling with the Child Support System to Support Your Child: The Nicholas Viltrakis Case

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July 31, 2014

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Battling with the Child Support System to Support Your Child: The Nicholas Viltrakis Case
By Don Hubin, PhD, Chair, Executive Committee, National Parents Organization of Ohio

Dan Sabbatelli
Nicholas Viltrakis and
Daughter Vivian
The Federal Office of Child Support and the various state and county child support enforcement agencies were created to try to solve a problem of children who are not being supported by their parents. In part out of a tendency to vilify fathers as feckless, irresponsible ne’re-do-wells and in part from legislative and bureaucratic incompetence, the system often causes problems where they would not otherwise exist.

The case of Terri and Nick Viltrakis, that I wrote about earlier, is an example. Terri and Nick separated in June of 2013. From all appearances, they handled their separation in a mature responsible way. They both seemed to want to focus on what was best for their daughter, Vivian. From the time of their separation, Nick gave money to Terri to help with her expenses and those for Vivian. In fact, they settled all the issues of their separation and divorce between themselves.

That’s when they heard, from Ohio’s family courts and child support system, what Ronald Reagan once called the scariest nine words in the English language: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Read more...

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Stephanie Coontz Bashes Low-Income Men, Hopes Low-Income Women will Marry Them
July 30, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Stephanie Coontz’s piece in Sunday’s New York Times is no gem of lucidity, as I pointed out in my post on Monday (New York Times, 7/27/14). But I could only deal with the first part of her article. The second part goes downhill from a none-too-lofty starting point. Read more...

A Little Right, Much Wrong with Stephanie Coontz’s New York Times Article
July 28, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
There’s enough wrong with this piece by Stephanie Coontz that one might tend to just chuck it after the first sentence or two (New York Times, 7/26/14). But if you read it to the end, and your blood pressure’s still within normal limits, you’ll find it’s been worth it. Coontz makes two major points that are worthwhile and worth remembering. Read more...

Study: Fathers’ Brains Flexible Enough to Perform Two Parental Roles
July 27, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The more we learn about the biological connections of fathers to children, the more profound we realize them to be and the more we realize the foolishness of separating fathers from their kids. Here’s an article reporting on another study of fathers’ brain functions when they’re raising children (New Republic, 7/25/14). Unsurprisingly, they’re much like mothers’ brain functions when they’re raising children. Read more...

My Appearance on HuffPost Live and a Fine Blog Post
July 25, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
I was on HuffPost Live with Nancy Redd Wednesday here (HuffPost Live, 7/23/14). The topic was deadbeat moms and the other guests were attorney Brett Martin from Colorado and a dad from Florida named Christian. Definitely go to the HuffPost Live site and check out the 17-minute segment. Read more...

Denmark: Allegations of Abuse - True of Not - Automatically Remove Fathers from Children’s Lives
July 25, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Not only has Denmark retreated on shared parenting in the past couple of years, it’s also established a policy that, when a mother accuses a father in a custody case of sexually molesting their child, he’s automatically removed from the child’s life. All it takes is an allegation on her part and he loses all contact with the child including any temporary custody he may have had and all visitation rights. Read about it here (Copenhagen Post, 7/23/14). Read more...

 

 
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