This testimony makes me wonder… why does a non-custodial parent take care of not only the child, but the custodial parent and the new spouse or whomever they are living with?
I pay child support and have no problem with doing my part finanially for my child. However, the more that I think about the percentages that they charge the non-custodial parent are unfair. I have heard statements from people who say ” well the person has rent, food, etc. to take care of.” In principle whether this person has a child or not they will have to pay for the basic needs ( food, shelter, transportation, etc) for survival. So the non-custodial parent’s contributions should not be factored into paying rent, it should be for the child’s present and future needs. I just feel Texas and other states alike should benchmark states such as georgia who I hear consider both parents earnings for setting child support rates. I pay $700/month for one child. I have friends, colleagues, and others who are paying more than $1000. I have two children at home and I don’t spend $700/month ($8400/yr) every month on their needs. Looking at the economy and how high job losses currently are people are not always in the same position they were initially. Getting your payments lowered in a time when you may lose your job almost does not exsist. I would like our representatives to give the AG’s a run for their money and challange the validity of the percentages that are charged to the non-custodial parent. I know rules and laws are made to handle people who are not compliant, but make sure there is something for those who are. Inaddition, give me a Lawyer with some backbone to help fight this battle with the AG office.
Does this sitituation make sense to you?
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