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Scott Trout Critiques Child Support System In Deseret News Article

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child support systemCordell & Cordell CEO Scott Trout was recently quoted in a Deseret News article that detailed efforts to utilize incentives to boost child support payments.

Child support is ordered for 87 percent of custodial families, which impacts 15 million children nationwide. Unfortunately, nearly 6 in 10 Americans relying on court-ordered child support only receive a portion of the money they are owed.

However, the child support system has historically placed an overemphasis on collecting payments. The methods used to coerce payments are often especially harsh on low-income parents, which ends up being counterproductive and drives a wedge between families.

Mr. Trout noted that the preconceived “deadbeat dad” stereotype fails to acknowledge the economic challenges face. Moreover, the recent recession caused even more issues for noncustodial fathers stuck in a system that fails to consider outside economic forces.

“There’s a significant number who are trying,” Mr. Trout said. “It’s a broken system that expects 100 percent enforcement and ignores the efforts the guys are making.”

Some states, such as Georgia, have been successful in getting more parents to meet with child-support workers by making its communication to parents more friendly and treating parents as customers instead of debtors.

The child support system is confusing for many parents. If you find yourself falling behind on your payments, it is best to be proactive and get in touch with a divorce attorney to see if a child support modification is possible.

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Frank Murphy

Written By Frank Murphy

Chief Compliance Officer
Frank Murphy

Frank Murphy is the Chief Compliance Officer and an Executive Partner at Cordell & Cordell. His responsibilities include oversight of the Firm’s compliance with Legal and Ethical obligations as well as contributing to the day-to-day operations of the Firm as an Executive Partner.

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