Here is their issue, child support arrears can now be taken out of social security, disability and military benefit checks going. At the moment state's can garnish a check but cannot take more than 65% of the check.
In March of 2013 social security, disability and military benefits will be disbursed electronically, meaning the monies will go directly into the recipient's bank account. The problem with that is there are no federal guidelines dictating how much or how little can be garnished when money goes directly into a bank account. In other words, states will have the ability to garnish the entire check.
According the Fathers and Families, "This will cause tens of thousands of elderly, disabled, and veterans to become homeless. It is even worse, because most of the money collected will be kept by the states for their own purposes; it will never go to a mother or child. In many cases, the arrearages are very, very old. The children for whom the child support is allegedly being collected are grown. And much of the money owed is accumulated interest and fees. These accumulate during the long years that poor people are unable to pay their child support order, or have been disabled or laid off."
Here are my thoughts, if these elderly, disabled and veterans had paid their child support they would not be facing homelessness. You reap what you sow, so if you choose not to be financially responsible for a child it may come back to bite you in the butt one day.
The "even worse" part is comical to me. Yes, states will keep what is owed to them for the money they had to spend to help support a deadbeat parent's child while that deadbeat was refusing to pay child support. Only seems fair to me!
Why is it that these parents consider themselves victims of an unjust system? These "poor people" had children. "Poor people" are responsible for children whether they are married or divorced. "Poor people, "middle class people and rich people all accumulate interest and fees on debt regardless of how they come by that debt.
You can't go out and buy a car and complain when you are held responsible for not paying for the car. And you can't have a child and not expect the same repercussions when you abandon that child financially and leave the state to take over.
And there is no statute of limitations on a person's financial responsibility for a child. Who cares that the children are now grown. Someone had to support those children while they were growing and the one who chose not to now owes the one who did.
It is really that simple. This isn't about abusing "poor people." It is about holding parents responsible regardless of their age, ability or military service. No one gets a free ride folks and like I said before if you try you it will eventually catch up with you.