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Maryland Reduces Child Support Arrears to 0

How Do You Vote for Parenting
Rights and Responsibilities?

Your Securities Secure Your Voice
November 2, 2012
Top Story
Maryland Reduces Child Support
Arrears to 0

By Robert Franklin, Esq., Member, Fathers and Families
Board of Directors

Robert Franklin
Robert Franklin
In Maryland, the Child Support Payment Incentive Program is taking small steps to chip away at the mountain of bad child support debt. The Office of Child Support Enforcement acknowledges that 63% of fathers in arrears report earnings of $10,000 or less per year.

The Maryland program allows noncustodial parents with incomes below 225 percent of the federal poverty level and who have made 24 months of consecutive child-support payments on their current obligation to have their arrears reduced to zero. Also, as of October 1, the new legislation will automatically suspend child-support orders for anyone sentenced to 18 or more months in jail and lacking the financial means to pay.

While other states continue to strip away licenses to drive and professional and occupational licenses, Maryland is making some small steps to acknowledge that some dads are just “dead-broke” and the state is better off helping them reenter the workforce – and the lives of their children.

The full story appears on Fathers and Families website.

How Do You Vote for Parenting Rights and Responsibilities?
By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director,
Fathers and Families

Which party is dedicated to parenting rights and responsibilies? Does either promote shared parenting? It certainly is not evident in the political platforms of the Democrats or the Republicans.

Both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney are considered good fathers. Both should know and understand their value to their own children. We would hope this would translate into defending the rights and responsibilities of all fathers in their children’s lives.

As you mull over the debates and the campaign advertisements, perhaps it is also good to see what each party has included in its political platform. This, supposedly, is what each party is dedicated to accomplishing in the coming four years.

The Democratic political platform addresses:
“President Obama’s administration has offered men who want to be good fathers extra support. We have bolstered community faith-based groups focused on fatherhood, partnered with businesses to offer opportunities for fathers to spend time with their kids at the bowling alley or ballpark, and worked to help deployed dads connect with their children. We all have a stake in forging stronger bonds between fathers and their children.”

The Republican political platform addresses marriage and traditional values as the solution for our children’s modern issues:
“It has been proven by both experience and endless social science studies that traditional marriage is best for children. Children raised in intact married families are more likely to attend college, are physically and emotionally healthier, are less likely to use drugs or alcohol, engage in crime, or get pregnant outside of marriage.”

As you read the platforms please remember that currently the United States Congress, through the Office of Child Support Enforcement spends $5 billion each year on child support enforcement and $10 million to help dads enforce their visitation rights.

Vote. Vote your pocketbook. Vote your conscience. Just exercise your right and vote.

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By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director,
Fathers and Families

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