NEEDS CHILDREN, BUDGET CUTS
Now and then I come across a bunch of useful articles that deal with divorce, children and divorced, budget cuts, and handicapped children. Here are a few.
How to tell your children you’re getting divorced – from the Huffington Post.
Courting Disaster – budget cuts in the California Courts. It could happen here, too.
Things to never tell your divorce attorney – from the Huffington Post
States are cutting back funds for the disabled and veterans - From the Minneapolis Star Tribunee
Commentary by Jennifer Moore, a family law attorney specializing in divorce, alimony, child support, and custody cases involving special needs, handicapped, children:
In addition to the above, the federal safety net is being invaded to reimburse states for non-payment of support
A new federal rule provides that states may seize every dollar of federal benefits for child support debtors, including social security, disability and veteran’s benefits, resulting in the complete impoverishment of thousands of people (primarily men) who owe back child
support. Previously, states were only permitted to garnish 65% of government benefits checks.
While the payment of child support is a vital part of our social economy, most of this support will not go to the children or even the custodial parent on whose behalf support was owed. Instead, the payments will go to the states to reimburse public benefits expended on the children, back when the child support obligor was indigent, incarcerated or disabled and could not afford to pay child support.
Ironically, the end result of this new rule is that the impoverished parent will become the responsibility of their now-adult children.
(End of commentary by Jennifer Moore)
We hope you find these articles and comments helpful regarding divorce, special needs children, and attendant matteres.