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Monday, May 16, 2011

Child Support and Lawsuit

Dear Reader;
Much has transpired since our Tuesday communication.  Below are updates and opportunities.
Save the Turnips 
The Facebook Campaign to confront Child Support Agencies and their inhumane practices toward child support payers is off to a rousing start.  Over 300 people ‘liked’ thesavetheturnips page in the first 24 hours.   But there’s more…One basis of this campaign is disgust over how child support officials identify child support payers as ‘turnips.’  We provided a link to a National Child Support Enforcement Association (NCSEA) training program titled:  “Getting Blood from a Turnip: New Farming Techniques for Increasing Your Yield.” 
Apparently folks at NCSEA got the message, sort of.  Within hours of the start of the ‘Save the Turnips’ campaign NCSEA  programmers had changed the website and pulled the reference to obligors as ‘Turnips.’   Of course, we thought you would like to see those ‘before and after’ alterations.  The NCSEA is apparently still farming, just not specifically ‘turnips.’    
Would that undoing the decades of damage these people have done to families through their campaigns to vilify child support obligors was as easy as altering a webpage. 
Please join in and help.  We need to continue to build the group on Facebook.  Thanks to everyone who ‘liked’ the page.   If you haven’t already, please go to and ‘like’ the page.  If you have already ‘liked’ the page then use the button on the page and share it with your friends.   Ask them to visit and ‘like’ the page also.
We know there are literally hundreds of thousands of child support horror stories out there.   Tell ‘Save the Turnips’ your story.  Take five minutes, video your story, post it to YouTube and send us the link.  We’ll connect it to the campaign.
The march has begun and will not stop until poor people are no longer being locked away in jails and prisons simply because they do not have enough money to pay.
We are pleased to let you know several states, including Ohio and Pennsylvania are considering legislation to end the barbaric practice of incarcerating poor people for failure to pay support.  Ohio and Pennsylvania are both states that have routinely incarcerated indigent obligors without providing access to legal counsel.  While these are positive developments we call on public officials to avoid replacing jail with alternative, but equally punitive, measures.  Join the effort to end debtor prisons in America.
Ohio Child Support Class Action Lawsuit
We have heard from many people regarding their experiences with Ohio’s child support collection agencies.  For example, a welder residing in Northern Ohio indicated the agency has for years been taking payments for an alleged arrearage and then adding the paid amount to the arrearage (instead of subtracting it), thereby increasing the amount of arrears he allegedly owes.  Instead of the arrears being paid in full, according to the state’s Enron style accounting scheme he now owes more than $10,000 in back support.  Unless of course he is talking to the local support office in which case they say his arrears balance is in excess of $12,000.  D. says three other guys in his shop alone are having similar types of problems.
We’re also hearing similar stories from other states.  One came from a 72 year old vet regarding a $175,000 arrearage.  At this rate he says he expects garnishments from his social security and disability checks to continue past his 87 birthday.  His youngest ‘child’ is over 30. 
Attention to the story is increasing, we’ll keep you updated.
A Couple of Recent Rallies to Report
Kids Need 2 Parents hosted a small rally in the North Carolina capitol of Raleigh last weekend.   There are a number of dedicated people working to improve child custody laws in the state.  Please add your voice and become engaged.  Visit Kids Need 2 parents at
Illinois Fathers hosted the 3rd Annual Fatherless Day Rally at the Capitol in Springfield.  About 100 people attended, including several state legislators who expressed their support for Shared Parenting and particularly encouraged legislators to vote in favor of HB 1604 – The Steve Watkins Bill addressing visitation interference.
At the conclusion of the rally a Senate hearing took place on the bill.  Over 50 people signed up to testify in favor of the legislation.  No vote was taken after the hearing however we are optimistic the bill will come for a vote before the end of the month.  Click here and scroll to the 5:56 minute mark of the video to see news coverage of the event.  Click here to see one Senator’s comments.
Stay tuned.  More is on the way.  Please help by forwarding this message.


  1. The mother of my husband's daughter has taken a daughter and turned her into a weapon and product. After 14 years of being taken to court for modifications over 44 times, my husband has gone from wanting to be in his daughter's life to seeing her as just that, a threat and a weapon. Nice job Pennsylvania and Becky. Keep pushing that product Becky it's working for you and there will be no consequences, right?

  2. Very sad that mothers will use their own children as a weapon against their ex and his new life. For some reason, they can not allow their ex to have a happy life and they will ruin their child's life to get their own mental needs met.

  3. Does anyone know of a father who's been fighting parental alienation via a sadistic mother of his child for over 15 yrs of fighting in the courts who has actually won any $$$ damages through an IL Court system Parental Alienation Lawsuit? My husband and I have spent in excess of $100,000.'s of thousands of dollars fighting in the courts for him to see his daughter and defend himself against untrue accusations made to DCFS. Now his daughter doesn't want anything to do with him and she's 17 now. Very sad story. We just want to recoup our money and save his daughter from her nasty mother so she doesn't end up like her mother.

  4. I am a victim of parental alienation. The mom and her boyfriend refuse to let me know where they are living (my son's actual address), where my son is attending school, and refuse to let us speak to one another on the phone. They got caught in their web of lies yesterday when they tried to have my son call and tell me he didn't want to talk with me because I wasn't calling but they were on speaker phone and telling him what to say...he was hesitating...he didn't want to say it...Instead I told him that he didn't have to say anything he didn't want to say, that I could hear them in the background, and that I loved him and that I had not been allowed to call and had emails to prove it. To which he said "Oh really?" "Now I am confused and don't know who to believe." ... That they placed my child in that position and allowed him to even think that I don't want to be in his life is child abuse, emotionally and psychologically damaging my child. I am outraged.