Abuse of Military Fathers paying Child Support in Virginia
I am an active duty Coast Guard member stationed in Portsmouth Virginia. I love being serving my country and has done so honorably for eighteen years. I like being stationed in the great state of Virginia. With that being said; I have a problem with the child support laws of this state. I currently pay child support and was placed in arrears due to new child support order against me exceeded 60% of my Net Disposable Earnings. The Coast Guard informed the DCSE (Division of Child Support Enforcement) of this change and yet I was still obligated to pay the excess. I have requested numerous times to have my case reviewed / modified and yet to hear anything back from DCSE.
My checking accounts were frozen and have caused me great financial hardship. In addition to these arrears I cannot perform my job due to the fact I travel and any travel claims that I submit for payment is taken by the state. I love my children dearly and I have do not want to stop supporting them at all but I feel that the child support laws punish law abiding citizens, especially military members assigned in this state for the dead beat non custodial parents not taking care of their children.
Also, military member’s entitlements are considered income in this state for child support and entitlements are not even considered income for active duty members due to the fact entitlements change from duty station to the next. Lastly, I want to take care of my children but I also want to be able to live as well. The laws of this state are very biased towards the military which is one of the greatest forms of revenue for this state and non-custodial parents. I want to continue serving my country but I cannot continue living in fear of being penalized for being in the military in this state.
I have strongly considered retiring here in Virginia but the fear of being put in arrears for things out of my control leads to me to look elsewhere to retire and contribute to another state and communities.