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Archive for May 27th, 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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