Senator Rick Jones….”People should be more responsible… shouldn’t father children outside of marriage.”
Blaming the victim is fine in our society, provided the victim is a man. It does not matter who the biological father is, only what’s in the “best interest” of the child. Really? REALLY? What they are saying in code is; which man can the state find to best care of the mother financially.
In reality, the only thing the state truly cares about is if there’s a child that a father should be paying child support for. It doesn’t matter if he is the actual father or not. All the state wants is to find a man to pay a mother so the state can continue to receive its matching funding from the federal government. Yes, it is true. A large part of a state’s federal human services spending is based on child support collections. The more a state collects in child support, the more that state receives from our federal government. This gives states plenty of incentives to maximize the amount of child support paid to those who file.
Have you ever wondered why family courts promote situations that have a single parent in charge of parenting (usually mothers), and the father paying child support? By tying federal funds to the amount of child support collected, the federal government hold the bait. States bite by basing child support orders on maximizing revenues instead of a given child’s needs or a parent’s ability to pay.
In fact, many state-level attempts to modify family law in order to facilitate better support for children and better relationships between divorced parents have been thwarted by state officials who don’t want to relinquish highly coveted federal tax dollars.
Co-parenting , from the state’s perspective doesn’t produce as much child support. Who really wins in this game? Certainly not children.
Child support is a joke. I’m so glad I REFUSED to pay it.