this is for post Idea # 137
Its not linked to my account so I have done it this way...
As child support stands a non-custodial parent is pays 33% net of his/her income –that is before taxes and other items.
However, once it has been paid the parent has no rights to know what the money is used for. The non-custodial parent (child supporter) must pay taxes on this money and receives no tax deductions!
With no legal means to know if the money is being used to support the child or children, and no legal tools to prevent abuse of the money. The parent is able to bring the other to court every three years and ask for an increase.
It would be fair a just have the options (by law) in support money deposited in a "child support" account and transparent to both parents and the courts.
Also, child support should be tax deductible in helping the financial sacrifice made and supporting two health and affordable homes for the children.
--For too long the child support has in times been used as a weapon of power over another and is unfairly balanced in favor of one parent -this is sexist and suggested the other is not of equal in parenting. The person paying child support has very little legal tools to monitor what is to be money for the children.
Living, food, clothing, medical are examples of what the money is rightly needed for. Beer, drugs, parents clothing, concert tickets are some examples of items that could be considered non-supportive while the other sacrifices financially.