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The Alabama Parenthood Initiative is a program that has been set up at Calhoun Community College to help parents from around the state stay ahead on their child support payments, according to the school’s website.
The program has helped many Alabama residents stay ahead on their payment programs, and provide their children with everything that they need, according to ABC 31 WAAY.
Nicholas Perkins is a father of one who was helped by this statewide initiative.
“It was designed to put non-custodial parents either back to work or to work in a better environment to allow them to pay back child support,” Calhoun spokeswoman Janet Martin told the news source.
The program helps with tuition and job placement, so that individuals are able to devote the rest of their resources to their child support payments and parenting, ABC 31 reported.
According to the news source, the program has been around for seven years and is still going strong, as up to a half million dollars has been paid back to children by people who were enrolled.
Several people suspected of not paying child support in Alabama were arrested during a unique sting operation, the Opelika-Auburn News reports.
Opelika police sent out letters to parents who had unpaid child support, alerting them that they had won free tickets to the Iron Bowl, a football match-up between local powerhouses Auburn and Alabama. When some of the parents arrived to pick up their tickets, they were arrested. Nearly a dozen parents were taken into custody.
The sting was an elaborate event put on by undercover police officers. The people who arrived to claim tickets were greeted by people dressed in Alabama and Auburn gear and a celebratory atmosphere. Once their identities were confirmed, they were arrested. The Opelika-Auburn News captured the entire event on film.
Some parents who owe child support are easier to catch. U.S. Representative Joe Walsh has recently been accused of owing $100,000 in child support, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Walsh argues that he does not owe anywhere close to that amount. His ex-wife claims that he owes the six-figure child support bill because it accumulated over eight years.
Some fathers in Alabama who claim they do not receive enough time with their children as a result of their child custody agreement have expressed their dismay a bill that would give them more custody has been shelved until the next legislative session, according to the Anniston Star.
Luke Smallwood, a Jacksonville resident, told the newspaper he believes lopsided child custody laws in the state are partially to blame for his 2-year-old son’s disappearance. Smallwood, who is supposed to see his son every other weekend as part of his custody agreement with his ex-wife, said earlier this month his wife didn’t show up when it was his weekend.
“Unless the mother is a crackhead or has some sort of drug addiction, the court isn’t going to give fathers any rights,” Smallwood told the paper.
To help fathers win more custody rights, the state Senate introduced the Alabama Children’s Family Act, which would have required judges to order equal, joint custody of children in all divorce settlements that parents cannot work out themselves. However, the news provider said opponents believe the measure would provide little stability to children who were forced to travel back and forth between two homes.
Other states have also been reconsidering their child custody laws. Tennessee recently passed a bill that requires judges to consider how they can maximize a child’s involvement with both parents when making custody decision, which was signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam.