Reform Child Support Laws

Reform Child Support Laws

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David Payne started this petition to New York State Legislature

Child support laws in New York State needs to be reformed.

There are a number of reasons child support laws were enacted and rightfully so.  There are some parents who shirk their financial duties.  However, for every 9 deadbeats, there is 1 who pays beyond what us required.  In many cases, non-custodial parents are paying child support well beyond the child's 21st birthday as required by law. These are not rich people; in fact, in most cases the payor is usually of middle to low income. I am one example of a state and city employee still paying child support arrears, although the order was terminated more than 2 years ago. I am a widower raising 2 minor children; I am not rich, nor hiding any money. I am struggling like many Americans, but because of the stigma of paying child support it has been very difficult to near impossible to get anyone to listen.

New York State charges 9% interest on arrears is prohibitive! It is understandable that the state acts in the interest of the custodial parent.  However, after the child has reached adulthood, any debt should become a civil matter; not punishable by revoking licenses or threat of jail time. There us NO OTHER civil debt that threatens jail and forfeiture of licenses except child support. Finally, anyone who owes child support is purported to be excluded from receiving any monetary relief during this Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak,  even though child support collection is not suspended.  Even those who owe back taxes will be compensated. Unbelievable! 

Please help to ask the legislature to change these draconian child support laws in New York.  Reduce the prohibitive interest charge of 9% on arrears and revert any debt to civil remedies after termination of the child support order. 

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