Wisconsin's Punitive Child Support Obligation For Above Average Income Parents.
Wisconsin, USA - 04 March, 2002 (PRN):Wisconsin's current support standards were written with no input from responsible non-custodial parents and in the case of above average income parents, provide strong financial incentives for one parent to remove children from their other parent's life. In addition, Counties receive matching funds from the federal government, through the State, for every dollar assessed in child support. This money has become a large source of revenue for Counties. Wisconsin places no cap on child support assessments, and as a result, for above average income parents, child support awards far exceed the incremental cost of raising a child.
In addition, they are inversely related to the amount of time a parent is allowed to spend with his/her children. This gives "Family" courts strong financial incentive to remove children from the life of a financially successful parent. My own child was recently admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease, failure to thrive, and a two year delay in bone age. Wisconsin's Racine County Family Court is responsible for removing her from the life of the only father she will ever have over the past almost nine years. This was done despite highly credentialed expert testimony warning the court of the importance of a father in my daughter's life. Racine County and mom's reward to date is over one half of one million dollars. An assessment that forbids me to move to be near my daughter without taking a major paycut. Wisconsin law allows no relief in child support for paycuts taken as a result of "voluntarily" moving to be near your child.
Wisconsin current child support standards treat non-custodial parents as cash cows. In addition, "Family" courts are not subjected to the same checks and balances that other branches of government. As a result divorce is encouraged and custody determination is a winner take all battle that encourages conflict, hurts children, and deprives them of the parental involvement they need and deserve from both parents. When desired, judges typically allow parents to move out of State with the children. This further serves to limit the other parent's involvement. Family courts are similar to closed military tribunals and are given broad discretion to intervene in the lives of responsible parents, assess absurd fees and child support, and place severe restrictions on parental involvement with no legal recourse for parents who are guilty of absolutely nothing whatsoever. Senate Bill 151/ AB 449 addresses these issues and was written with input from financially successful parents who want to stay involved in their children's lives.
For more information, please contact:Malcolm Hatfield
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