Monday, April 8, 2013




For quite a while now, I've been operating - incorrectly - under the assumption that California receives in the neighborhood of $90 million dollars per year in federal subsidy for its child support collection and case management efforts; I’m getting old because I simply cannot recall from whence I came to have that figure. Recently, at the suggestion of a very helpful, empathetic, and smart guy in Sacramento, I contacted the California Legislative Analysts Office, and low and behold, I was able to obtain verifiable and accurate information. In the current 2012/2013 fiscal year, California is scheduled to receive $504 million federal dollars for its child support collection and case management efforts. I wish to be clear here, that particular $504 million is for child support collection and child support case management only! Not incidentally, those federal funds never make their way into the lives of children of divorce or impoverished kids, instead financing the salaries, paid vacation time, medical benefits and pensions of those employed by - or retired from - the family law and child support collection Gestapo’s.
The analyst who was kind enough to speak with me went on to say, of that $504 million dollars, $61 million is strictly for the maintenance and repair of the computer system the state, county, and local child support enforcement workers use to track the comings and goings of child support money, and to monitor where Dad’s are etc.
Now, if we bear in mind that the only federally funded study ever conducted on the subject of child support showed that - when employed - men pay between 83 and 91% of all court ordered child support, we begin to see the big picture; why are the tax payers financing child support collection and enforcement if these guys are already paying their child support?
Consider, in California alone we have over 8,000 men paying child support for children that DNA evidence has proven they didn’t father. To emancipate those men from this assigned debt would put the state at risk of losing all - or a good portion - of the massive annual federal subsidy I mentioned above; at the risk of stating the obvious, California is but one of fifty! Think about it, then, you do the math…."Best Interest of the Child"?

Not bloody likely


Friday, July 27, 2012




This entry is about Philadelphia area resident, Walter Andre Sharpe, yet another paternity fraud case, surprise, surprise! Like Joe Dier, this guy is trying to get his money back, and I'll be watching very closely.
Please read the excellent article written by Matt Miller for The Patriot News, dated 7/26/2012.
While it is likely that men experienced with the nightmare’s known as the Family Law or Child Support Collection Industries would have responded to the certified letter in question, Mr. Sharpe may have simply been too afraid to challenge anything these Gestapo‘s say; no excuse, just a fact.
People also need to know that these regimes continue siphoning of HUGE sums of taxpayer money via their child support collection system(s) and subsequently, they don’t like a lot of “noise” surrounding their activities, particularly when one bears in mind that much of their revenue generation is blatant thievery just as it has been in this case.
The fact is, this case is potentially a LOT bigger than the Court and Dauphin or Montgomery County officials are letting on about, and here‘s why:

In California alone we have over 8,000 men paying child support for children that DNA evidence has proven they didn’t father; why? Quota! If the Golden State were to emancipate these men from their assigned debt, the State risks losing the $90+ million Federal Dollars it receives annually for its child support collection and case management efforts; Federal Funds that, not incidentally, never make their way into the lives of children of divorce or impoverished kids. Instead, those funds finance the salaries, medical benefits, paid vacation time, and pensions of people employed by or retired from regimes such as the Dauphin County Domestic Relations Department and their hundreds of minions. And you wonder why these regimes so vehemently resist turning guys like Mr. Sharpe loose? Please!
Further, it is entirely possible that the biological mother and “the right guy” were completely oblivious to much of the legal ramblings; these child support collection regimes are capable of ANYTHING when it comes to "collecting" tax payer money; Believe it!
Its been happening in every county, in every State, in the United States for forty years now!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Child Support Injustice @ Rural America

In doing my morning perusal of Internet news today, with “child support” in the Yahoo search bar (my searches typically, and almost always without fail, result in a quick and easy discovery of yet another ubiquitous Family Law and or Child Support Collection injustice vicimizing a man or a father(s) and more often than not, these articles are showcased at a reputable online journalistic website) I came across a story about the plight of my new friend, Joe, written by Michael Wiser, during today’s search. The piece is - refreshingly - a concise and right-to-the point, facts-in-front-of-your-face, well written article; thanks Mike!

Now, Joe lives in a place called Grundy Center, Iowa. In simple L.A. terms, Grundy Center is “way the fuck out there” or “in Bumfuck Egypt“. Now, please understand, my intention is not to knock Grundy Center, to the contrary, I wish they had a regional airport as I could use a few days in the country, like right now, yesterday! Rather, my intention is to showcase that even in what many American taxpayers - like John Cougar Mellencamp - would acknowledge as “Small-town America” men and fathers are not safe from the injustices of a Family Law Industry intent upon keeping “Dad” right where they want; paying money! I spoke to Joe by phone today, he told me what he had been experiencing. I shared with him that he was not alone, and that in fact there are 8,000 men in California alone paying child support for kids that DNA evidence Has proven they didn’t father; I shared a lot of what I know about the Family Law and Child Support Collection Industries, and how horrible they are. I’m going to do all I can to help raise the awareness of Joe’s case.

See, Joe has paid thousands - THOUSANDS - of dollars in child support for a child that is not his! Joe loved, and may still very much so, love this little girl, she was “his”. He fought for and wanted to gain full custody (Ha!) when the mother took the child from Joe’s residence, and it was only when he started custody proceedings that was he told the little girl was not his; he then wanted to adopt. His story came to light, when he asked to have the mother reimburse him; he said he - in reality - expected no money to be paid by the mother, but that set me to thinking. If Joe was informed he was not the father prior to a DNA test being conducted, I am of the opinion that Mom knows who the biological father is, and that "Dad" owes Joe a few bucks, no?

Saturday, February 25, 2012

As the crucifixion of American fathers and men continues,

theft from the American tax payer goes hand-in-stealing-hand, right along with the persecution!
I shared the link contained in this posting with my FaceBook friends the other day, as with the politicians of our society, I haven't had too much feedback; "touchy subject" I suppose. Either that, or people continue to falsely believe that they're unaffected by the child support collection industry....Nothing touchy about it; Dads keep getting shafted and the rest of society pays the price right along with the "fathers" - If they're (Government) unwilling to fix this no-brainer atrocity, we're doomed....As the picture of the late great Big Dipper demonstrates, its a slam dunk! 
http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2012/02/20/dna-test-deadline-nears-for-texas-dads/

Monday, October 31, 2011

Why so Contentious?


                                                                                   
A friend of my family’s was a Clerk of the Court in the Los Angeles area for 30+ years, and often she would make the following point when the subject of Family Court and or Child Support would pop up. Her position was, basically: “If people could privately settle their personal affairs in a civil and respectful manner, there would be no need for Family Court”
Now of course, this opinion makes perfect sense, but as we all know, at least as often as they do, people do not make much sense. Today, I replied to a comment(s) posted at a newspaper website by a woman in New Mexico, who seemingly proudly and loudly proclaimed: “I am owed over $50,000 in child support. I have been trying to work with NM Child Support for many years. Somehow the payment went down”. Now this gal’s comment(s) was posted in response to an article about how New Mexico’s Governor proclaimed that the State is extending a “child support crackdown Statewide“. This commenter has had, apparently, ongoing problems with the NM Child Support Collection Department in it's efforts to extract subsidy for the gal in the form of child support from her ex-husband. I replied to this woman’s comments with one statement and one question: "First, be careful stating in public that YOU are owed child support arrearages; that is SUPPOSED to go to the kids, and the Court might not like the way you stated you‘re owed child support” - And secondly, I asked: “Why didn’t Dad get the kid(s) in the first place, then you wouldn‘t have had to deal with all that frustration?” - Of course the woman doesn't need to answer the question (though I'm hoping she will) because anyone who knows the nightmare of Family Court and Child Support Collection knows that Mom gets the kids over 90% of the time when juvenile children are involved in divorce or custody cases.
Not half the time, or 75% of the time, over 90% of the time. As I always say, until society and the Family Law Industry change their posture from the current one of fiscal custody being most important, to physical custody (and truly strive for the best interest of the child) being paramount, nothing else in Family Law will change and the bias against men and fathers will remain as the status quo. More dangerous is the fact that unless changes are made in this regard, our society will keep trudging down its dusty road to oblivion as more and more Dads are removed from the homes they share with their kids via Court Order....I await a response from New Mexico……..
Peace

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I fear I have been in error....



For about five years now, I've been expounding here - and other places - about the "$980+ million Federal Dollars California receives annually for its child support collection and case management efforts" - That figure is wrong, WAY wrong, and frankly, I'm not entirely sure how I came to have it as a benchmark; Not only am I extremely embarrassed, I humbly apologize, my bad!

A more accurate figure, based upon the statistics available (2002 - $40 million dollars in annual Federal subsidy) when AB 2240 was vetoed by then California Governor Gray Davis would have to account for inflation and other factors and I’m neither a mathematician nor economist, in fact right now, I‘m feeling like a bit of a nincompoop. Hey I fucked up, I admit it….However, the fact remains that the only Federally Funded study ever conducted on the subject of child support showed that when they are employed, men pay between 83% and 91% of all court ordered child support in the U.S. and that they pay without intervention of any kid. Couple that with today’s tremendous - and extremely rare - victory for Orange County, California resident Pedro Soto and one begins to understand the tremendous cash cow that Child Support Collection really is for Government, elected and appointed officials, and countless “agents” and representatives” in both the public and private sector.

Ho-Hum The Holidays will Come!








Obviously, I have been derelict inasmuch as I have not been consistently writing here.
I could go into - and on, and on - about how much worry, sorrow, grief, agitation, anger, and remorse I, as well as most of my family (largely, my wife) have passed through in the last nineteen months trying to get my youngest daughter to see some glimpse of the proverbial, and mostly mythical, light. Her exploits are a constant, ever present source of stress, concern, and apprehension for me, and for those who love and care about her. Mine are not words of whine, mind you, but of the harsh reality that comes with dealing with a young person, the abuse of whom at the hand(s) of her biological mother and former step-father, have left deep and profound scars from which my daughter may never recover; to say it has been heartbreaking might be a start of an explanation of where I‘ve been with all of this. The Licensed Family Counselor I took my daughter to weekly for twenty-one months, without fail, upon gaining primary physical custody, remains convinced that not only was my daughter subjected to horrific psychological abuse at the nasty mouth of her mother, but that something far darker “probably” occurred at the hand(s) of her former step-father or any of several other men who rolled in and out of my ex-wife’s households; thirty-four residence changes, nine different schools for my kid between second and fourth grades. You can only imagine my rage, and all the while, I’m begging with my daughter’s mother: “look, just give me my kid. I’ll keep paying you, just let me provide some stability and sameness“ To no avail.
The damage to my daughter was/is catastrophic and she became this angry, confused, defiant, detached, and frustrated teen; my ex-wife had created a person that not only she no longer wanted around, but was incapable of helping…Thank you, Family Law Court!
Much, if not all, of this dynamic, a dynamic that I and millions of fathers like me around the free world deal with each and every day, could've/can be avoided! But does anyone besides divorced Dads ever notice that these tragedies are never, EVER mentioned, discussed, or debated in the political arena? Why? Easy answer: Too much money is changing hands between Federal, State, and Local authorities, as well as Support Collection Agencies and Institutions for change to even be considered! No amount of “Hope” or rhetoric is going to change any of this dynamic either. Spending cuts and balanced budgets are again in the National news in the U.S. with the Presidential Election (among others) on the horizon. But until Voters are cognizant of the fact that Mom’s get the kids in divorce and custody cases over 90% of the time in the U.S. when juvenile children are involved, and that in concert with that figure, men pay all court ordered child support between 83 and 91% of the time when they are employed, and that they do so without intervention of any kind, nothing will change. The Federal Subsidy of States’ Child Support Collection and Case Management must cease! These efforts are the single largest tax payer rip-off in the Country and they’ve been in place for forty years! To understand the fiscal aspects of this, all one need understand is that over half of ALL Civil Litigation in the United States involves divorce and custody! Can YOU spell “growth industry”?