“Tea partiers” have it all wrong. They are after the government for being where it is not (health insurance ) and they are nowhere to be found when the government abuses its prerogatives. For instance, when New York State strip searches non-custodial fathers for child support payments.
New York State has recently introduced a new rule for the payment of child support: the time when non-custodial parent was sending child support checks to the custodial one, or to the Support Collection Unit, is over. Now, unless the non-custodial is self-employed, child support is to be deducted from the non-custodial paycheck. What’s the difference? First, New York State family laws could care less that you see your children. Second, what New York States cares about though is that you pay child support. And It does not trust you to do it yourself.
What if, by any chance, too much is garnished from your paycheck? If, like myself, you have a “credit” as a result of a change in a money order that did not take effect at the right time? Too bad for you, fellah. Child Support Information Line (1 800 846 0773) or Child Support Collection Unit on 151 West Broadway will tell you that this “credit” is not really a “credit”. If this amount is less than your monthly child support, you ain’t gonna get your money back. You know, in case; these non-custodial fathers cannot really be trusted. And you are not gonna pay less in child support either the next month either. Free money for the custodial mother parent. Justice, the New York State way.
And it comes without saying that if you are late, what you owe bears a whooping 9% interest rate on any arrears that you have, on whatever family court has decided you have to pay.