Financial:The antiquated notion of the wife staying at home with the kids while the husband worked as the family’s sole breadwinner is quickly becoming a thing of the past. However, men are continually viewed as nothing more than a money pit when it comes to the determination of alimony and child support payments.
By Caroline Cordell
The men’s rights movement is, on the basic level, a movement that seeks fairness for men in scenarios where women are presumed to have the advantage. Specifically, our website focus on men’s rights in the law because in almost every courtroom women have an inherent advantage.
The concept of “men’s rights” gets members of both genders riled up for often two reasons.
One, they don’t know what it means and so instead of researching the movement more, they decide they are against it.
And two, they think that men’s rights is the anti-feminist movement, made up of men who hate women and want to be the patriarch of our society.
Unsurprisingly, neither of those ideas is accurate. So, if you aren’t convinced of the need of the men’s rights movement, here are five reasons you should support this movement.
By Sarah J. Merry
If you have recently decided to seek a divorce from your spouse, or are contemplating doing so, you undoubtedly have questions about what you should or should not do with respect to your assets, debts, and household expenses.
Tax season is quickly approaching, and for divorced men, this can be even more stressful than usual because of alimony, or maintenance, payments and child support.
You thought that you had survived the worst part of the year, the holidays, when the effects of your divorce are at their highest point. Finally you don’t have to worry about which days you will be able to see your kids, or how you can celebrate the holidays with them.
But, after a divorce, 97 percent of alimony payors are men, according to the US Census Bureau. Unsurprisingly, men also account for 85 percent of those ordered to pay child support.
So, chances are, you are likely paying both alimony and child support. These payments add up quickly, and it can seem overwhelming and crippling to send these out every month.
With all these payments, figuring out how to pay taxes is not easy. Here are some tips for filing for your taxes to help you during this stressful time:
By Tara N. Brewer
During divorce proceedings, it's quite difficult to divide assets without the accurate amount. Some troubled couples tend to hide money from each other to avoid sharing it in divorce.
If one person solely handles the household's financial affairs, it’s easier to hide assets. According to the National Endowment for Financial Education, 31% of U.S. adults who combined assets with a spouse or partner admit to being deceptive about money.
However, as the Wall Street Journal reports, hiding assets from your spouse has become increasingly difficult due to the proliferation of electronic discovery research.
Paying child support can be a frustrating experience, especially when the child is not biologically yours. A CBS article reported a Dallas man was jailed because it was alleged he owed more than $50,000 in unpaid child support to a child that turned out was not his.
The passing of a new Texas paternity law that gives men who doubt paternity a chance to file a claim allowed the man to contest the accusation that he was the biological father. After a DNA paternity test disproved the claim of paternity, the man was released from jail.
By Daniel Lambert
Cordell & Cordell Family Law Attorney
Where I practice, child support is set in paternity actions pursuant to each party's income and the placement/visitation schedule awarded to each party. Child support only becomes effective through an order of the court. If there is no court order for child support, then a party would have to request child support.
It is not possible in some states to waive child support entirely. It is possible to deviate from the set child support schedules established by the state guidelines that require payment, though.
By Sara Pitcher
Cordell & Cordell Noblesville, Indiana Divorce Lawyer
Incarceration may be grounds for modifying your child support obligation. Your modified child support obligation would likely be based on your actual income while you are incarcerated, including any funds available to you for paying support.
The Indiana Supreme Court case of Lambert v. Lambert stated that the father's pre-incarceration income could not be imputed to him for the purposes of calculating his child support obligation for the period of time during which he was to be incarcerated.
With men representing 97% of alimony payors, alimony reform has become a key mens rights issue.
States such as Massachusetts have already enacted sweeping alimony reform, while others, including New Jersey, are in the preliminary stages of updated archaic alimony laws.
Republican Assemblyman Sean Kean is one of the driving forces behind alimony reform in New Jersey. His resolution calling for the creation of a similar commission to study the state's alimony laws has gained momentum, according to the New York Times.
Assemblyman Kean talked to MensRights.com editor Matt Allen about New Jersey alimony reform and why protecting mens rights is so desperately needed.
One of the more visible issues challenging father's rights is that most men who are behind on child support are not unwilling to pay; they are unable to pay. And yet courts across the country continue to jail fathers for their inability to pay.
The article "Child Support: The 'Deadbeat Dad' Predicament" examined the issue of jailing "deadbeat dads," but this article looks at a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that addressed a landmark child support case.
In Turner v. Rogers, the South Carolina family court ordered petitioner Michael Turner to pay $51.73 a week to respondent Rogers. Mr. Turner, unemployed and financially strapped, was held in contempt of court five times for failure to pay. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail for the first four failures to pay. He ultimately paid what he owed.
For the fifth offense, Mr. Turner was sentenced to 6 months in the County Jail. He completed this, but was brought back to court again for support arrearages in the amount of $5,728.76. Neither party was afforded an attorney. The judge found Turner to be in willful contempt and sentenced him to 12 months in State Prison, but made no finding on Mr. Turner's ability to pay.
With the unemployment rate at 8.5 percent nationally, and the underemployment rate fluctuating around the 19 percent mark, divorced dads who fit into either of these categories are still being hauled off to jail in handcuffs for failure to pay child support.
The issue with jailing so-called "deadbeat dads" is more often than not Dad is not a criminal; he is just broke.
The Sixth Amendment, which is the right of a criminal defendant to counsel, does not extend to a nonpayment of child support action. Failure to pay child support is civil contempt, not criminal.
So Mom gets the state to prepare her court documents and argue her case, but indigent Dad gets nobody. In fact, a dad can be jailed for as long as a year at a time, without the state providing him any legal counsel.