­Father not paying child support on time

shadiasimpson, shadiasimpson@nationnews.com

Added 01 November 2012

dearchristine

Dear Christine,  I AM WRITING in response to your previous articles pertaining to the child support system. I wish to briefly add my experience to what has already been said. My situation started from the first court date, where my child’s father stated he worked for himself and “money does not come often”. This resulted in a reduction in the weekly payment, which he claimed would have been manageable. He then had the audacity to make a request for child visitation. At first it was fine for me because my child suffers due to his absence. But about two months after these agreed terms, the biweekly pick ups and calls quickly came to a halt. I had to endure her cries and questions as to why. Shortly after that, the money was paid when deemed necessary.   It was then discovered that money was only paid when he received a summons (twice to date) so he would not have to go to court. If calculated, the arrears would be for at least six months. Another summons has not yet been sent, no arrest has been made, no warning, nothing. I do not know what else to do but to sit tight and pray. – Frustrated   Dear Frustrated, Let’s hope those in authority are taking note of letters such as yours and are planning a strategy in the best interest of our nation’s children. – CHRISTINE

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