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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.

Former Gov. vows support for family court reform

A former governor and current presidential candidate recently vowed support for family court reform, according to Fathers and Families, a nonprofit organization committed to establishing equal rights for fathers and mothers in the family court system.

Gary Johnson, a former two-term governor of New Mexico, made his support clear while on the campaign trail, meeting with Fathers and Families board chairman Ned Holstein recently in Manchester, New Hampshire.

While governor, Johnson found that many fathers in New Mexico wanted to meet with him about being treated unfairly in the family courts.

During the hour-long meeting after a recent campaign event, Johnson said that “family court injustices are one of the great injustices of our time.” He also asked Holstein what he could do as president about this matter, given that family laws are usually decided at the state level.

Holstein assured him that he could simply tweak the existing laws about child support and other family court issues already on the books, giving states a more clear directive to follow.

Many organizations are taking shape to fight for fathers’ rights on the state level, including Dads and Moms of Michigan, which works to educate people about the importance of shared parenting to lessen the break-up of a family after a divorce or separation.