Child Support doesn't Work for Everyone
by Annie Flowers
(Colorado Springs, CO)
I was divorced in South Carolina and was awarded $250 for Child Support for three children. Because I was in the military I had to move to Colorado. Two years passed and I didn't receive child support from my children's father as per the divorce decree. I went to the local Social Service office in Colorado, who contacted the South Carolina Social Service office. A year later I recieved my first child support check of $20 for three children. My checks fluctuated every two weeks from $1 - $20. I received these checks for a couple of years, then they stopped because my children's father was terminated from his job and he moved. I was fortunate to have had a career in the military and was able to raise my children with the help of God and my family. I felt like I was punished for having a job and able to provide for my children and my ex-husband was not pressured in anyway to ensure he took care of his monetary obligation to his children. My oldest child at the time of our divorce was 10 and my youngerst was 6. My yougest will be 18 this summer and I received a letter in the mail from the Social Service office in South Carolina that notified me that my husbands obligation would be terminated once my youngest turn 18, unless I returned the letter to obtain back child support. What a joke.