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“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.

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Wade and Son

Looking at the lives of the rich and the famous is sometimes informative. I  guess that in their world, everything does not begin with the too-common Kay diamonds  but it certainly might end in a culmination of ugliness, with the children taken in the midst of the battle.

In the case of the NBA star Dwyane Wade’s divorce, money only does not explain how sour things have turned. Siohvaughn Wade clearly wants more than her share of her soon-to-be ex-husband’s wealth; she wants his skin or to deprive him of his rights to see his children It started with a phony accusation of having infected her with a sexually transmitted disease.  That’s ugly, but perhaps understandably so. What is not understandable ugliness is when Siohvaughn files a suit against Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade’s girlfriend, using her own two sons, 8 and 12, as plaintiffs.

Siovaughn does more than pulling her sons into her fight against their father. She makes them her accomplices.  A beautiful example of parental alienation. I did not even think the justice system would allow minors to be associated in a suit against one parent. US family laws are not only tolerant on parental alienation,  they encourage it.

Fortunately for Dwyane Wade, his case is unlikely to end up in family court, unlike that of the commoners. Lucky him. I hope he gets custody of his kids.

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Monstrosities are always done with the best intentions in the world,  for the superior interests of somebody else. Take slavery for instance: the slave master was convinced it was the best opportunity he could grant a negroe. Nowadays, divorced mothers may severe the links of the children with their fathers on  basically any ground, and the court system delivers;  in the name of the best interest of the child.

At least in England they have Bob Geldof to slay this sloppy justification of the violations of fathers rights.  Four out of ten fathers lose touch with their children forever, thanks to family courts.  In the recent “Fathers Rights” (part 2), Margaret Hodge, Minister of Children, gives Geldolf the cheap explanation for this sad state of affairs that “mothers are there to pick up kids in schools.” It does not cross her mind that the courts could give fathers a shot at picking children at school.

I guess if the Labor Party loses the elections on May 6, British fathers will not miss Margaret Hodge. And British children either.

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