Texas Child Support Regulations SUCK!!
I was never married, never lived with the mother of my son, who lives in Texas. I am in the US Marine Corps and I pay my child support. I don't want a cookie for it. I know that I need to support my child and I do. What is JACKED UP in the Texas Child Support regulations is that when calculating a military servicemembers child support, they include BAH and BAS (housing and food allowance). Lets say for instance, I was stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA. I am a Sergeant (E5) and my housing allowance was approximately $1850, and BAS tapping out at about $325, setting me at $4800/month. Then the military serves me with orders to Oklahoma City, OK where BAH drops by approx %50 and sets me at $918. If the court is taking %20 percent of $4800, that is $960 for 1 child in Texas. Imagine this happens to me 2 months before I get orders to Oklahoma where I am now making $3800 total. The child support payment then would have to be $760 according to this, but I am stuck paying $960 for at least 3 years because as much as the judges in Texas favor the mother like no other, I can't possibly see a judge taking $200 away from the child/mother. Something has to be done about this. BAH and BAS should NOT be calculated because it is non-taxable, non-disposable, and in a lot of cases, the servicemember does not see a dime of the BAH because the base takes every bit of it if you live on base, so they calculate a percentage of money they never see and if they do see it, it is regionally based and fluctuates depending on where you live.
To top this story off, my childs mother could give a crap less about any court order that is in place. She labels me a deadbeat because I was in California for most of the time, and deployed to Iraq for 13 months where the time difference allowed her to play a cat and mouse game on the phone. I would call and she would sometimes answer because it would give a funky area code. She'd learn it was me and tell me that my son wasn't around (even when I could hear him in the background) and tell me to call back in 3 hours when she gets off of "work". I would and no one would answer. This went on for a year. I did not talk to my son ONCE!
The State of Texas will bend over backwards to protect the mother of the kids, but there is NOTHING that protects a father and his rights to see his kids. My sons mother thinks she gets to make the rules based on how she feels about how often I make contact with my son, and this "power" needs to be taken away from her because she abuses it! I live 2 hours away and am easily able to see him, but I still get the cat and mouse game. Then, when I want to watch my son, I get excuses about how they have made plans ON MY WEEKEND OF CUSTODY and I find out that he was left at his grandma's house while she was out partying with her friends.
To all the mothers out there who have to split custody according to the court order, play by the rules. If not, understand that YOU are hurting the child, not us!
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