To Change the Policies That Affect Active Fathers, but Label Them as Absentee Financially

To Change the Policies That Affect Active Fathers, but Label Them as Absentee Financially

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   In 1975 the Child Support Enforcement (CSE) program was enacted, as a federal-state program. This was initiated to help families and keep them off public assistance and designed to recoup funds given to parents who received welfare benefits. This policy was defined considering only one parent as a non-Custodial parent.

In 1989, a historic commitment to the world’s children by signing a Convention on the Rights of the Child. They made a promise to every child to protect and fulfil their rights, by adopting an international legal framework. The agreement of this convention is that children are not just objects who belong to their parents and for whom decisions are made, or adults in training. Rather, they are human beings and individuals with their own rights.

Being a father of three from two different woman, I’ve noticed that even though I share joint custody the mother is still entitled to more than an active father. In many instances there are fathers are not present due to the child’s mother not allowing them to be active. A mother can strip away a father rights before the court has even received an application for child support. The mother holds the power of how the child will view their father and the image she wants to betray you as to the public’s eye without any consequences. So, I established the “Dads Do Two Movement” because there are way too many good fathers that have been diminished in this world and stamped with the negative “deadbeat dad” stigma, which cripples the father’s ability to do their God-giving expectations of raising their children. With this movement I hope to shed light on a system that is deemed bias and unfair towards active fathers.

I would like to challenge Congress to establish a policy that that reflects the presence of both parents being custodial parents if there is joint custody established. Cornell Law School defines non-custodial parent as a parent whose child does not live with them for most of the time. This typically happens after a separation or a divorce, where one parent has primary physical custody instead of the parents sharing joint custody. There is a difference between and absentee parent and one who shares custodial responsibilities. An "Absent parent" is a legal term that defines the way some parents relate or fail to relate to their children. This parent is not the custodial parent, or the parent with whom a child lives. With seven days in a week, if the one parent has the child for three out of the seven days, is that still considered non-Custodial?

Child support has been used as a weapon against the fathers who want to be fathers to their child or children, despite the outcome of their marriage or relationship in which the child was originated. Child support has now allowed women to spitefully put men in a financial bind solely for revenge and with no accountability.  Women are given funds that they do not have to account for how the funds are being used on the child.  The Non-Custodial parent is expected to show proof of earnings, which is based upon gross income rather than net earnings. They utilize the gross salary to determine the percentage amount to be paid. This is not a true reflection of what one can afford to pay. If both parents are actively involved in the child or children lives, then the compensation needs to be reflected when a parent is on public assistance vs being gainfully employed, a mother and a father are both need for the upbringing of a child and the responsibilities should reflect both parties. The state determines the amount of money needed to raise a child once that amount is determined why isn’t that number divided between both parent of a shared custody child.

In closing, this petition is to bring change to the current policies that affect many Custodial parents who are getting categorized financially as a NON-CUSTODIAL PARENT.

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