Put children first, not financial gain.

Put children first, not financial gain.

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Alexis Berry started this petition to Ohio State House and

The ultimate goals:

  • Limit the amount of discretion each of the 88 counties is allowed to use when handling child support cases.
  • Provide a low-fixed rate for non-custodial parents to provide both parents financial stability and increasing the affordability of health care ordered by child support agencies. 
  • Hold county agencies reliable to upholding the laws set by the state and federal government.
  • Provide availability for parents to agree to drop child support if neither parent feels it to be necessary. 

 

The reasoning for the petition

I want to provide children with an equal chance to have both parents involved rather than just one. Both parents deserve to have equal financial stability and should not be punished for having a child nor ending a relationship. Counties and the state issue absurd amounts of money for child support payments which have left many non-custodial parents struggling while the payments are far too often seen contributing to purchases, not for the child. Child support can be an essential tool to provide equal financial responsibility however, one parent does not deserve to be put in debt and not be able to sustain themselves at the cost of providing to the custodial parent.

Rather than creating absurd amounts that leave parents struggling to pay rent or feed themselves, I propose that states discontinue the amount of discretion the counties are currently using and instead place a flat rate payment that is reasonable so both parents are able to thrive financially. Child support agencies should not be allowed to bend the laws as they feel fit and should be held accountable for not maintaining the laws set in place by the state and federal governments. The financial stability allows for greater involvement in shared parenting and overall better developmental outcomes for our children. Providing an opportunity for both parents to be financially stable also increases the ability of the non-custodial parent to be involved. For example, a non-custodial parent working two jobs to maintain child support payments and providing for themselves is far less likely to have access funds for gas money to visit the child. They are also unlikely to have extra time to schedule visitation or participate in their child's hobbies such as soccer because they have to work so much. This is an unfair punishment to the non-custodial parent and the child. Children who live in a single-parent household are already at risk of developing behavioral problems which then increases when the non-custodial parent is also absent. We need to stop concerning ourselves with how much money can be gained from the other parent and more concerned with what is best for our children.  It is time for the state to recognize that child support is means of responsibility, not a punishment and that both parents deserve equality. 

Connection to the cause 

I am a mother who was forced to seek child support after telling the court during a divorce hearing that I was not interested in the money. The court forced an unnecessary payment onto the father of our daughter which has made him financially struggle ever since. There are many times that he does not have the means of transportation to pick up or visit our daughter and never has made enough after taxes to sustain himself. I have helped him many times with food because I refuse for my daughter to watch her dad struggle. I have also witnessed other fathers who are forced to work two jobs just to sustain payments close to $1,000 a month for one child which the mother then spends on things for herself or her other children. I have witnessed child support agencies harass non-custodial parents because despite them working, their hours are not efficient enough and withhold important information from a court once the court is involved in a child support case. Lastly, in many child support cases, the non-custodial parent is ordered to provide health insurance however, many parents cannot afford the cost of health care for their children on top of the child support and supporting themselves. I believe that we as parents should be more concerned about the welfare of our children than how much money we can get out of our former partners. I also know that my daughter and most children care far more about when they get to see or visit their mother or father rather than the amount of money mommy or daddy is paying to one another. WE NEED TO PUT CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT BEFORE MONEY. 

 

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