Some say this federally mandated review process is a sham and that there is only motivation to raise child support. It has been said that kickbacks from the federal government ($140 million per year in Mass.) based on INCREASES in child support fund not only the court system, but actually go into judges retirement funds.
If this is true there is a HUGE conflict of interest built into this system which may be criminal on more than one level. Payments between branches of government are unconstitutional in the first place.
Some say we should protest, not participate in this process. I try to give everyone ONE chance to make things right before I assume the worst. This is also necessary to learn about and confirm who the enemies of justice are in this system. I do not believe people have evil intentions. I do believe evil results are generated by the current child support system in Massachusetts, and probably in many states. Here is the analysis I presents to these judges on September 12th 2005 and the letter I sent the next day by email to add additional thoughts and points.
To whom it may concern:
As you’ve hopefully been told many times, the Mass Child Support Guidelines have nothing to do with child support but everything to do with extortion. The amount of child support calculated using the guidelines far exceeds the cost of raising any child other than Donald Trump’s. My complaints could fill 10 pages but I’ll try to focus on a few items that are easily described, particularly outrageous, and hopefully within your intellectual capacity to grasp. The following commentary assumes that the custodial parent is the mother and the non-custodial is the father, which we know is always the case except in rare circumstances.
Age of Emancipation: Why is it that the father can pay child support up to age 23 in Massachusetts? As far as I am aware, this is a ‘WORST IN NATION FOR FATHERS’ designation for Massachusetts. I think that there are only a handful of states that require support beyond age 18, and those states stop at age 21 under all circumstances.
$20,000 Disregard: To put it bluntly, what kind of crap is this? Why is it that the father’s child support payments should not drop 1 penny for the first $20,000 that the mother earns. Again, this disregard is a ‘WORST IN NATION FOR FATHERS’ designation for Massachusetts. Have you ever done a study on earnings of custodial parents? I’ll go out on a limb and guess that there are a cluster of mothers with income at or just lower than this $20,000.
The Child Support Formula: Again, I present a challenge to you. Assume that some couples are about to get divorced. To ensure broad coverage of the guidelines, assume couples with the following characteristics:
a) both parents are low-income (20k each, for example),
b) both parents are high-income ($100k each, for example)
c) the father is high-income and the mother is low-income
d) the father is low-income and the mother is high-income.
Run each of these couples through the child support worksheets of all 50 states. I’ll go out on a limb once again and will declare Massachusetts to be ‘WORST IN NATION FOR FATHERS’ in this exercise. Try it out and prove me wrong.
Tax Impact on Payments: Have you ever bothered to do a true cash-flow analysis, including a tax analysis, of these guidelines. I did for my case. I was earning about $95k and my ex-wife was earning about $10k. When taxes were taken into account (child support is taxable to the father and non-taxable to the mother in case you weren’t aware), my ex-wife had almost identical discretionary income, within a couple thousand dollars, as me. And of course, if she wasn’t so enriched by my payments to her, she could get off her ass and earn another $10k without affecting the extortion payments at all. But why bother.
Most people don’t have a 9.5 : 1 income ratio between the parents as I had. For those with a smaller gap, undoubtedly the mother is always far better off than the father. In addition, the mother can likely claim Head of Household and have other tax advantages that are afforded to low-income people.
Please take a moment and consider that these guidelines are such a boon to the mother that they actually encourage the mother to initiate divorce proceedings. They’ll have a guaranteed income stream, sometimes for life. I stuck to my miserable 18-year marriage in part because I knew I would get financially destroyed by the process. I must admit that if I knew I could keep my children that I love dearly, rid myself of my spendthrift wife, and get 30% or more of her gross income for 15 years I would have done that in a heartbeat.
For God’s sake, do the right thing. You’ll meet your maker some day and hopefully you will have not have the stain of this immoral system on your soul.