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4 Flaws With The Child Support System

child supportBy definition, child support is “an ongoing, periodic payment made by a parent for the financial benefit of a child following the end of a marriage or other relationship.”

In an ideal world, a child support order would ensure that the child receives adequate financial support from both parents to aid his or her upbringing. [Read more…]

Joe Cordell Critiques Child Support System In Huffington Post

Huffington PostIn his latest Huffington Post column, Cordell & Cordell Principal Partner Joe Cordell critiqued the child support system for the manner in which it frequently tears families apart.

Ideally, child support should ensure all financial necessities needed to raise a child are covered, with both parents providing fair contributions.  [Read more…]

Indiana Lawyer Interviews Cordell & Cordell Attorney Jason Hopper about Arrears and Age of Emancipation

Jason Hopper Wall Street JournalIndianapolis Divorce Lawyer Jason Hopper was featured extensively in an Indiana Lawyer article regarding prospective changes to the state’s age of emancipation law.

Many Indiana fathers have unknowingly been accumulating child support arrears after assuming their duty to pay support ends with the child’s 18th birthday when in fact the age of emancipation is 21 in Indiana. A proposed bill would lower the age of emancipation for minors from 21 to 19.

“I can’t begin to tell you how many prospective clients that I interview that have the displeasure of finding out that they have a child support arrearage,” Hopper told the newspaper.

The issue is particularly troublesome to wealthier clients who can accumulate substantial arrearages quickly if they miss a few payments. Since those child support payers who owe more than $15,000 face felony charges and up to eight years in prison, Hopper said high-income dads are at greater jeopardy of facing punishment simply because they’re paying a higher dollar amount in support.

The article “Bill Would Change Child Support Statute” is for subscribers only, but it can be read by signing up for a free 8-week trial. Read Jason Hopper’s bio for more information.

Indiana Lawyer‘s interest in reporting Mr. Hopper’s insight into this timely issue is indicative of the respect earned by the Cordell & Cordell law firm and its skilled divorce lawyers. With more than 20 years experience representing men’s interests in divorce and domestic litigation matters, Cordell & Cordell continually proves it is a partner men can count on.

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North Carolina candidate asks for examination on timing of jail sentence

A man who lost his bid for a seat on the Hertford, North Carolina, town council has asked state officials to examine the timing of his arrest by the local sheriff’s department over less than $1,700 in child support payments, the Associated Press reported.

The court order that landed the candidate in prison on the day of the election was allegedly five months old, and Quentin Jackson is wondering why they waited till this specific time to arrest him, according to the news outlet.

“It just feels bad to be portrayed as a bad guy trying to skip out on some child support,” Jackson told WTKR 3 News.

Jackson said that his lack of money has prevented him from making the payments, along with the bills for the apartment where the kids stay with their mother.

“Their mom, she lives in an apartment. She doesn’t have to pay any rent. She [doesn’t] have to pay any light bills. She doesn’t have to pay any bills – I take care of that,” Jackson told the news source.

Parents struggling to pay child support cant get ahead

Parents struggling financially and falling behind on child support payments are often mislabeled as “deadbeat,” MSNBC reports, as they are sometimes jailed or punished with fines when what they really need is support themselves. These parents have lost their jobs, lost hours at work or faced other financial hardships and have still been punished for the missed payments.

For Randy Miller, 39, paying child support was a challenge after returning from the Iraq war and losing his job in July 2009.

“I felt that with my payment history and that I had just started working, maybe I could be able to convince the judge to give me another month and a half to start making the payments again. But that didn’t sit too well with him because he went ahead and decided to lock me up,” Miller told the news source.

According to Fathers and Families, an advocacy group in favor of fair and equal parenting rights, sending parents to jail in a situation when financial strain results in missed child support payments simply makes the problem worse.

“There they can’t work, can’t earn, can’t see their kids and all the while their indebtedness increases,” explained the organization.