20 Oct Is the California Department of Child Support Collections DCSS, oh I mean “Services” double dipping?
They sure are. The federal government pays the State of California. The State then reimburses the local child support services department in your county. The better these debt collectors are in your California county, they more incentives they have to get paid. California also collects the monies from parents on welfare and keeps it, except for about $50. The unbelievable 10% interest rate collected on child support payments? We have many parents collecting child support payments who claim that after their child turns 18 (and the regular payments have stopped) they never see the additional interest. This collection agency keeps it for the State of California.
What counterintuitive approaches does the California DCSS take? This collection agency suspends parents’ driver licenses, seizes their bank accounts that might be jointly owned by a minor child (or college student), suspends other state issued licenses such as teaching credentials, business use permits, contracting licenses, etc. This collection agency even enjoins the federal government to stop US Visas from being issued to parents, or renewed by a parent, who owe $2,500 in back child support. Need a REAL ID? Nope, unless you manage to find your way around the required documentation. Need a job? There is repeated legislation to put parents, behind in child support payments, on a California registry for prospective employers (preventing them from being hired). Let’s not forget this collection agency also regularly jails parents behind in child support payments, civilly, for contempt of family or dependency court child support orders.
Oftentimes, the non-custodial parent wants to support their child and have more visitation with their child, but court orders (or lack of court orders) prevent it and so does any resulting parental alienation. The law says that California parents are presumed to be given shared parenting by our family courts “frequent and continuing contact with both parents” to #StopParentalAlienation. In practice, members of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts routinely advocate for no visitation or supervised visitation to retain complete control of both parents, in our family and juvenile dependency courts for money, #NoAFCC.
What happens when a state run governmental agency, like DCSS, becomes the collections agency? Chaos. The massive federal governmental collection agency, the IRS, is much more reasonable than DCSS. Why? DCSS gets paid to collect. The IRS wants United States citizens to succeed and hold jobs and pay taxes so collecting the tax owed to them might not always be the IRS’s highest priority, the taxpayer is. The IRS has several ways for the taxpayer to settle their debts. The IRS wants the taxpayer to keep working and paying taxes and not become dependent on the government. That’s the difference #PreventUGI (unwarranted governmental interference) by California’s DCSS.
What are RaiseYourRights’ solutions? One is already being implemented beyond our control. Self-employment wages are being erased. Independent contractors are ceasing to exist. How does this affect DCSS’s ability to collect? More and more employers will be paying their employees Form W2 taxable wages which are easily found and leveraged for child support payments. Second solution? Child support should be based upon the actual cost of raising a child instead of the parent’s income. Unlike other countries, California determines child support on the income of the parents because in this state, the more money a parent has, the happier the children are, right? The third solution? California legislative action to change the unbelievable 10% rates DCSS collects for itself, down to something more reasonable considering what banks pay in interest. Fourth solution and most effective one? Family courts kick out the AFCC members and do what the law says, “frequent and continuing contact with both parents” with the goal of creating a new relationship that encourages both sides of the family to care for their own children. This is accomplished by making it difficult for the family and juvenile dependency courts to erase a parent from a child’s life, #StopParentalAlienation. Jury trial rights remove incentives to take legal rights to the child from one or both parents. The goal of child support payments is for both parents to take responsibility for the child and work out a solution that suits them, #PreventUGI. One parent wants to trade increased contact with the child in exchange for taking a bigger responsibility for the child’s expenses on their own? Another parent wants to support child rearing using relatives in exchange for less monetary support? #PromoteSettlement by using available resources outside of the DCSS methods of operation. Our goal is to keep child support commissioners and DCSS out of families. That is in the best interest of the child, #PreventUGI.