Time to change the laws
by Mrs. Weibel
I received a letter today saying that because my son's father is unemployed and living off welfare our child support is being put on hold and what he should be paying on a weekly basis will be void. Meaning he will never be held responsible for what he should be paying. I called PA domestic relations to ask if there is a time limit for this and the lady informed me that sadly there wasn't. So, basically he can be unemployed for five years and will never have to pay child support for that time. How is that right? I live in PA but he lives in NY. The NY welfare system is paying for him to go to colledge, paying for his rent, and gives him food stamps.
Another thing I was not aware of is that your spouses income is considered in determining child support and I do not understand this eithor. I am fortunate to having a wonderful husband that has helped me raise my son since he was one but I do not think his income should be used in determining how much support should be payed. Plan and simple, my son's father should be responsible for his share of the financial responsibility of raising our son.
I am so glad I have married a wonderful man that does more than his share of helping to support our family. But, I have to wonder what would be different if I was single and stuggeling to get by. I think it's time that PA looks at these laws and makes some changes. I wish I knew how to fight to have them changed because I would. Thanks for listening.