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Are there any ‘downsides’ to the passport for delinquent child support program?

Posted in Child Support on 18th January 2011

Are there any ‘downsides’ to the passport for delinquent child support program?
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Passport rules snag child support cash

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press Writer Tue Aug 14, 6:38 PM ET

WASHINGTON – The price of a passport: $ 311,491 in back child support payments for a U.S. businessman now living in China; $ 46,000 for a musician seeking to perform overseas, and $ 45,849 for a man planning a Dominican Republic vacation.
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The new passport requirements that have complicated travel this summer also have uncovered untold numbers of child support scofflaws and forced them to pay millions.

The State Department denies passports to noncustodial parents who owe more than $ 2,500 in child support. Once the parents make good on their debts, they can reapply for passports.

Now that millions of additional travelers need passports to fly back from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and South America, collections under the Passport Denial Program are on pace to about double this year, federal officials told The Associated Press.

In all, states have reported collecting at least $ 22.5 million through the program thus far in 2007. The money is then forwarded to the parent to whom it is owed.

Some people never learn.

A boxer paid $ 39,000 in back child support to the state of Nevada last year to get a passport, which he lost. This year, his promoter had to loan him $ 8,930 so he could pay off his new child support debts and get a new passport to fight overseas.

In one case last year, a man got his parents to pay his overdue child support — $ 50,498 to the state of Illinois.

“For us, it’s been amazing to see how people who owe back child support seem to be able to come up with good chunks of money when it involves needing their passport,” said Adolfo Capestany, spokesman for the state of Washington’s Division of Child Support. “Folks will do anything to get that passport, so it is a good collection tool.”

The $ 22.5 million reported to have been collected through the program this year is a conservative estimate. Some states voluntarily report the payments to the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, but other states don’t.

It took all of 2006 to collect the same amount under the program, which began in 1998.

Also contributing to the increased collections was a drop in the threshold for reporting child support debts to the State Department, from $ 5,000 to $ 2,500. As a result, 400,000 more cases were submitted to the department.

The state of Washington obtained $ 24,000 for Teresa Markley through the program. The money accrued over a couple of decades. She said she could have really used the money in past years, and at one point in the 1990s went on welfare for a few months to make ends meet. While her children are now grown, she said the payment still meant a great deal to her.

“What it means to me now is just to have some validation for the suffering I went through,” said Markley, a resident of Tacoma, Wash.

Jeannette Dean of Seattle said she had to tap into her retirement savings and her son’s savings bond to help pay for basic necessities after Washington state was unable to help her collect delinquent child support payments.

But this year, she received about $ 36,000 through the passport program. She said the money will be used to replenish the lost savings.

“It has given back to having a normal life versus struggling to pay dental bills and hospitals bills and things like that,” Dean said.

The passport denial program is just one of several tools the government has to collect overdue child support. Overall collections totaled about $ 24 billion last year.

The largest share by far — $ 20.1 billion — came from withholding from a worker’s paycheck. Unemployment insurance or state and federal income tax refunds can also be seized. States with lotteries also can deduct delinquent payments from winnings. Some states submit the names of those behind on their payments to credit reporting agencies.

Payments generated through the new passport requirements are an important sliver of what states collect each year on behalf of about 17 million children, said Margot Bean, commissioner for the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement.

“We often get payments of over $ 100,000,” Bean said. “For whatever reason, this was the only way we could get the money.”

For some families, the payments can mean the difference between having to rely on the government for assistance or not relying on it, Bean said. In cases where families have needed cash assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program, a portion of the payments received through the passport program is used to reimburse the government.

Another jump in collections from the Passport Denial Program can be expected next year or in early 2009. That’s when the new passport requirements will likely take effect for land and sea travelers too.

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On the Net:

Passport Denial Program: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cse/newhire/fop/passport.htm

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Answer by HeavenlyBliss
I don’t owe child support, or have a kid for that matter, but this is just my opinion:

It Sucks Big Time !!

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How Child Support Works in Jacksonville, Florida

Posted in Child Support on 18th January 2011

How Child Support Works in Jacksonville, Florida

Every child has the right to receive support from both parents as it is the latter’s responsibility to provide for their children. Child support enforcement has been common in Florida, since many former couples are seeking legal guidance in providing their children with their needs. Seeking legal guidance throughout the child support process may take several procedures. However, here are some basic information regarding child support in Florida.

 

Child support starts from determining which parent has custody of the child. If the mother has physical custody, the father is obliged to provide financial support for the child, and vice versa. In case of joint physical or legal custody, both parents will share equal time and support for their children without the need for both parties to give financial support.

 

The court will determine the amount of financial support that the non-custodial parent needs to pay through their combined income. Therefore, a parent cannot underestimate his or her income to lower down the amount. The higher the combined income of both parents, the higher the financial support becomes.

 

Many child support enforcement Jacksonville, FL cases root from non-custodial parents’ inability to provide financial support because of unemployment. The court seeks solution for non-custodial parent’s unemployment conflicts by providing them with a list of possible jobs they can apply for. Unemployment does not serve as an excuse for them not to pay for financial support. The judge will determine the amount the non-custodial parent needs to pay through the wages from their previous job.

 

When the child support enforcement Jacksonville, FL is settled, both parents are assigned with a case number. This case number will be used whenever the non-custodial parent makes a payment through the local office. It is important that the non-custodial parent assures that the payment will be sent in the local office so that the payment will be recorded. In cases of voluntary support sent directly to the custodial parent, it can be legally considered as a ‘gift’ and not as a financial support.

 

Sanctions are made by child support enforcement Jacksonville, FL agencies to non-custodial parents who fail to pay financial support for two weeks. They will receive a notification letter to remind them of their delinquency. If payments are still not made, a warrant of arrest is issued.

Why do the same people who oppose abortion, support “free trade” child labor sweat shops in China?

Posted in Child Support on 18th January 2011

Why do the same people who oppose abortion, support “free trade” child labor sweat shops in China?

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Answer by Bubba13
It’s called corporate greed.

Answer by igotbanned1
It would be nice if Americans could put Americans first rather than worrying about what goes on in another country like China.

Answer by pinkpanthergrrrrr
Your question is impossible to answer conclusively. First, you can’t assume that everyone who opposes abortion supports child labor sweat shops in China. Second, different people are going to give different reasons. I think one main reason is that as sad as it is a lot of people aren’t aware of the extent of child labor in China. Second, I think a lot of people oppose child labor but yet will still shop at places that sell the goods cheaply(i.e Walmart) because it’s more convenient to do so, kind of an out of sight out of mind thing.

Answer by Yvette B yvetteb
Abortion is common place in China, and Child Labor Sweat Shops are a different issue.

sweat shops are unsafe, dangerous and inhuman to go to, let alone work in.

Abortion is a personal choice. over there, the amount of children one is ‘allowed’ to have is limited or ‘rewarded’ for if done right. males are what most families want, so they abort or kill the baby girls shortly after birth.

its another countrys laws/rules, and none of our business anyway. at what point are we going to stop shoving our beliefs on other countries?

no wonder the rest of the world hates us.

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Answer by mary 57whalen
Look up Hypocrites! These folk are usually the same ones always invoking the name of Jesus for all their actions. In the bible Jesus is not impressed.
If you look you’ll notice these are more or less the same people that scream murder, applaud when violence is used to blow up a clinic proudly proclaiming they are “PRO LIFE” yet they froth at the mouth screeching”PRO DEATH PENALTY”. These same people claim to hold life so dear from conception to birth, yet after birth they choose children to die of starvation in poverty as they continue to excempt themselves from taxes, give away generations of futures of other as they award to selves, cronys corperate welfare, no bid government contracts, (without any oversight or regulation to spending).Invade defenceless nations lying to citizens and sending the men, women, their sons, and the daughters of mass majority. (working class) deceant Americans trying to do right, get by, be good citizens and serve(some felt Army only shot at good education) Yet sent to die,or emotionaly damaged and discarded. (number of homeless vets is alarming)Then faced with truth of being sent as junta for 4 major U.S.oil companies. Raping and plundering Iraq as if they had legitamite claim.(almost million dead,U.S.and Iraqi. One congress man has son served. Thats it. The only beating the war drums and getting obsenely wealthier with each death and abuse, only send other poeples children. They even have the balls to refuse to help offset the cost by paying their fair share of tax, after all the war executers and cheerleaders are the only ones profiting yet the dying and getting poorer are expected yet again to pick up extra cost and by the way we plan to slash medicare, medicaid, plus a number of vet programs. To bad you lose.
Then the greedy SOB’s(own corporate media) can be seen baying like dogs with nonesense welfare moms or puplic schools or after alowing almost 2/3 of manu- facturing jobs to go exploit poeple in overseas sweatshops (once proud man now forced to crap in her pants/skirt..not allowed 5 minute bathroom break.
So you see they are all the same Bush, Clinton, Kennedey, Cheney, Rice, Wolfiwitz, Rove, Delay, Kissingter, Newt, Liberman, they pretend to have some degree of ideology at election time, yet the end of day shows as always they do as they please. Regardless of being elected to th will of the people. The do not give a sh*t. Public 95% against this immoral action? We can profit that much?….F#CK public lets shock and awe…Mary

Answer by theadvocate
A) not all people WHO oppose abortion support such things

B)If they did, that would be hypocritical

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