Archive for May, 2008

For divorced fathers, there are more harmful threats than unemployment or home foreclosure. When held in the claws of Family Court, divorced fathers will surely be pushed into a financial hole.

On December 7 2007, Support Magistrate Solange Grey ordered that the Support Collection Unit was to deduct payments of $1,161.87 per month form my salary via income execution. The outcome of this sensitive decision is telling (see posted pay stub): for the month of February, I was left with a net pay of $940 ($470*2), just enough to cover my $900 monthly rent. Total deductions for child support and unreimbursed medical expenses amounted to 47% of my gross income, in violation of New York State “guidelines”, which set a 25% ceiling of the non custodial parent’s gross income for child support payments.

Support Magistrates are omnipotent and not blind. It does not help that their hierarchy is deaf. I am still waiting for an answer to my 2008 January letter of complaint to Peter Passidomo, Chief Magistrate in Manhattan Family Court. An objection to a court order takes six months to be answered, and an appeal another six months. In the long run, due process will theoretically take place. In the short run, what do we have left: selling coke in the street? going to Irak?

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I guess it is with Support Magistrates as it is with the subway in the city.  Occasionally, it works; the rest of the time, you are stuck with poor service.  However, if you can swallow daily messy train rides, you cannot take sloppy justice.

On December 7 2007, I was summoned to appear in  Court again.   My ex-wife had filed a petition for violation of a 2005 court order. I failed  to  pay $4, 647 in in-reimbursed medical expenses for my daughters, 75% of which for  orthodontic expenses that could be covered by my dental insurance.  From 2006 to this day, my ex-wife  refused to use my dental insurance, threatened the orthodontist, Dr. Leffert, to take her business elsewhere if he were to file the insurance forms or if he were to send me the bills, so that I could pay them and deal myself with my insurance.

Support Magistrate Grey did not bother with such menial details: $4,026 were granted in favor of my ex-wife, plus $621.23 for her legal fees. And by the way, Support Magistrate Grey provides relief to a millionaire. This Court order puts incredible financial strain on me; with the amount that was granted to my ex-wife, I suppose she will not pay half of a  the painting of her loft in Soho.

I objected the court order, at no avail.  I now will appeal it. In the meantime, any legal clue to change Support Magistrate is welcome. I am back to Court on May 22, 2008, for other in-reimbursed medical expenses.

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