Bias Texas Child Support System
by Andrew Pena
(San Antonio, Texas)
It Is the law If you have children you must support them. I dont believe any father would deny this.However there are many instances where the court does not fully investigate cases. it is much easier to lump all, so called, dead beat dads into to one giant cesspool of uncooperative payers, taint their credit history, garnish their pay, take their in come tax. place liens on their property and literally hunt them down and toss them in jail...I am apalled by such treatment. the child support system is completely out of touch with personal relationships between a divorced man and woman. Always the "it's for the child" statement comes up.
Never do I hear some one investigating how many children does a woman have, how many fathers is she hunting down? How much property does she own etc etc...Is she making $70.000.00 per yearand the father of her child $7.25 an hour. In such cases this is not child support, these are revenge payments, sanctioned by our antiquated child support system. expediency is the nature of the courts, anti-father propoganda is one of their tools.
I believe there should be reforms in the child support system that prohibits women from filing for child support after so many years have passed and quit using the child support system as a savings and loan with their incredibly astronomical interest rates. I believe policy-makers in the state legislation should moniter the present system and not wait until it effects them personally.I believe every father who has been effected by these policies should find a child support reform group and join it. Women know this strategy, They have PHd's in How to obtain financial help from anyone! They network like super sleuth, very often they already know where to go for assistance even before they separate or divorce. you don't see too many men at the food stamp office or at the WIC Centers. Although its available to everyone mostly women visit the child support office. This child support issue is truly on it's way to becoming a gender war. Ultimately it is the fault of the courts in allowing a system that they surely know is obsolete to continue.They would change their tune if every major city in Texas had an organized group that voted for their re-election (or not).
I agree children should be taken care of by all involved however child support investigators and judges should not be so quick to judge and assist in smearing a mans future simply because of the status quo.