NO EXCUSES-NATIONWIDE CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT PETITION: TO MAKE SURE ALL ABSENT PARENTS ARE FULLY HELD RESPONSIBLE
My name is Shaunesi DeBerry Melvin, I am the ex wife of a International Professional Basketball Player who's monthly pay has been at a high of most US citizens yearly salary and because of this I stand firm on the grounds of NO EXCUSES when it comes to receiving a reasonable and consistent payment amount for our daughters. In 2011, at a show cause ( The absent parent was not in compliance with the order) hearing held in Wake County (Raleigh NC) for the support of my daughters the Judge took his passport, held him in contempt, but put wording in this child support order that neither of us should make "disparaging" remarks against each other via social media. This let me know that this particular judge wasn't seeing the BIGGER picture. What someone says about me, or what I say about them is NOT important in child support court, nor in enforcing the order. What IS important is that both parties do their part in making sure that the bare minimum for the children is upheld with NO EXCUSES. To date my daughters child support arrears is over $8k and thats only for a few months of being behind, yet the absent parent's private paid legal counsel has continuously accepted motions on his behalf, came to court, and has been able to get continuances granted. Meanwhile, I've had to depend on community support, multiple hustles and family and friends in order to stay afloat. In 2013, I've received 5 payments of $72.06. Where is the enforcement of the $1249/mth order? Who is the "law"? Who is in charge of enforcing? What are the courts doing to keep this from happening every few months/years? While going thru all of this and struggling I have been able to feed hundreds of families during the holiday, and send hundreds of kids back to school with donations to my non profit, Women Wear Pants Too Inc.™ because of this I am a firm believer that there is NO EXCUSE when it comes to making something happen. I hope to get as many signatures as possible on this petition because for the past 4 years this has been part of the "story of my life" and its time for a CHANGE not just for my daughter's case but for ALL cases!!
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