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Petitioning Nebraska State Govenor Gov. Dave Heineman

State of Nebraska: Revise Child support laws for Military parents

The Governor of Nebraska
The NE State Senate
The Nebraska State Legislature
The Governor of Nebraska (Nebraska State Legislature)
Office of Governor Dave Heineman
Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy
Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson
Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns

This petition is to revise the Child Support Laws, in order to make them more fair for our Military service members. I am a military parent who is paying $1000 a month for my two children. One of the many reasons that I was ordered to pay this much was because I've remarried and now I have Base Pay-BAH-BAS & COLA on my LES. Also she would be able to have my child support raised if I were to deploy overseas, as I get extra incentive pays for deployment such as FSH and HFP. Everything, other than my Base Pay, is Non-Taxable Income, and if I were not married I would not receive these entitlements. These entitlements also change as I move from station to station, therefore they shouldn't be included in the amount Child Support I pay. If this is the case, then My Ex-Wife's Non-Taxable Income such as Pell Grants, Tuition Re-imbursements and state welfare payments, etc. should have been taken into account as well. The laws are extremely unfair and unjust. I have a family that I am trying to support and take care of, as well as my children in Nebraska. This is very difficult with 1/3 of my check going to child support. Where I live the cost of living is extremely high, so the military compensates me to allow me to afford it. I am also required to pay 100% of the travel cost. I live over 3000 miles from Nebraska and it is extremely difficult to afford these high payment in order to have visitation with my children. I believe that all travel should be split 50/50 in order to make it more fair.

Timoteo Salinas Sr.

Letter to
Nebraska State Govenor Gov. Dave Heineman
Revise Child support laws for Military parents