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September 10, 2008

I recently appeared on CNN Radio to discuss the controversy over child support enforcement agencies seizing economic stimulus checks from "deadbeat dads." I'm quoted on this in the recent Associated Press story Stimulus checks boost child support (9/9/08). Points I made to CNN included: 1) The government's own research shows that the overwhelming majority of fathers behind on their child support are poor--less than 5% of all child support debtors earn even $40,000 a year. The child support system is asking very poor people  -- the fathers  -- to support other very poor people  --the mother and child. This has not worked and will not work, because the money just doesn"t exist. By pursuing these fathers with an iron fist collection policy, we turn these fathers into fugitives. This takes away the only thing the very poor father has to offer his child: his love and guidance. 2) In many of these cases, the alleged "child support" is not going to the mothers and children, but instead to the state to repay the cost of the mothers' welfare benefits. In other words, poor mothers receive substantial government assistance, but poor fathers receive nothing except the bill. 3) Child support bureaucracies are notorious for their errors and bureaucratic bungling--who knows if the fathers whose checks are being seized even really owe the money? For example, when the State Auditor of Massachusetts examined child support records in that state, it found that the official arrearages were incorrect in 92% of the cases it examined. (Report No. 99-0142-3). The Auditor concluded "The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Enforcement and Tracking System (COMETS) does not maintain accurate arrears balances.' 4) The best way to ensure that children are supported and cared for is to respect both parents' custody rights and parenting time. Research shows that fathers who are able to remain a regular part of their children's lives voluntarily support their children financially.

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July 28, 2008

Charleston, West Virginia--My recent His Side with Glenn Sacks radio commentary for KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles discusses a recent West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals on the issue of jailing child support debtors.  As we've discussed on many occasions, while it is certainly true that there are fathers who do not come through for their children, many child-support obligors are punished and even jailed simply because they are too poor to pay the child support that the family law system demands of them.  To listen to the commentary, click here or on the audio button below. To learn more, see my blog post Court Ruling: In Child Support Cases, Burden of Proof Is Still on Prosecution. His Side with Glenn Sacks radio commentaries are broadcast daily on KLAA AM 830, a 50,000 watt talk station in Los Angeles and Orange County. KLAA AM 830 is owned by Arte Moreno, owner of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. From 2003-2005, His Side with Glenn Sacks ran in a syndicated talk show format in Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Seattle, and other cities. To listen to show archives, click here. [audio:http://s90844510.onlinehome.us/gs/hsrc/mp3/hsrc-wv-childsupport.mp3]

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July 21, 2008

Los Angeles, CA--My recent His Side with Glenn Sacks radio commentary for KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles discusses the issue of the rights of lesbian "social mothers'–women who agreed to employ a sperm donor so that they could have children with their lesbian partners, who are the biological mothers. When two lesbians agree to have a child together, and when the child has bonded with both his or her biological mother and his or her social mother, I believe that the relationship between the child and the social mother should be protected. I also believe that the biological mother has a responsibility to her children and to her former partner to hold up her end of the deal with the partner with whom she created the child, and that courts should hold her to her commitment. To listen to the commentary, click here or on the audio button below. To learn more, see my blog post Court Rules Against Vindictive Mother in Lesbian Custody Case. His Side with Glenn Sacks radio commentaries are broadcast daily on KLAA AM 830, a 50,000 watt talk station in Los Angeles and Orange County. KLAA AM 830 is owned by Arte Moreno, owner of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. From 2003-2005, His Side with Glenn Sacks ran in a syndicated talk show format in Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Seattle, and other cities. To listen to show archives, click here. [audio:http://s90844510.onlinehome.us/gs/hsrc/mp3/hsrc-lesbians.mp3]

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July 21, 2008

Los Angeles, CA--My recent His Side with Glenn Sacks radio commentary for KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles criticizes the media's misleading and anti-male coverage of a recent study on men, women and housework. To listen to the commentary, click here or on the audio button below. To learn more, see my co-authored column Media Reaction to New Housework Study Minimizes Men"s Work, Sacrifice for Their Families  (Tucson Citizen, 4/1/08). His Side with Glenn Sacks radio commentaries are broadcast daily on KLAA AM 830, a 50,000 watt talk station in Los Angeles and Orange County. KLAA AM 830 is owned by Arte Moreno, owner of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. From 2003-2005, His Side with Glenn Sacks ran in a syndicated talk show format in Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Seattle, and other cities. To listen to show archives, click here. [audio:http://s90844510.onlinehome.us/gs/hsrc/mp3/hsrc-housework.mp3]

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