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January 4, 2012 - As reported in this story from the Atlanta Journal Constitution a Georgia judge granted class action status to a lawsuit concerning the practice of locking poor obligors into prison for non-payment of child support without providing legal counsel prior to trial and incarceration. Debtor’s prisons, banned in the United States in the 1830’s, reemerged in America in the last two decades as a tool of the child support enforcement bureaucracy.
ACFC has a long history of shining the spotlight on the darker side of child support practices. Most recently we brought national attention to the story of Carl LaBove, ordered to pay nearly $200,000 in support for a child DNA conclusively demonstrates is not his. We are also involved in an Ohio case where the state sees nothing wrong with overcharging 114,000 obligors more than $200 million and then concealing the fact it is overcharging. These cases, and too many other examples to mention, illustrate the systemic and deeply dysfunctional practices of the child support industry.
Worse by far however is the industry’s corrosive effect on child custody outcomes. It’s the separating of children from their parents that generates a support order which in turn triggers the cash flow from the federal government into the states for support collection efforts. Child support is a multi-billion dollar taxpayer supported industry employing over 55,000 individuals. And it all starts by limiting the access of one parent to their children. Congressional oversight investigations into the practices of Child Support Enforcement agencies cannot come soon enough.