Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Biological Father Bill

From the Tallahassee Democrat:


The House Justice Council committee passed a bill Monday that would let a man end his child-support obligation if he proves he's not the biological father.

The bill will now go to the House floor. The Senate is moving on a similar bill.


Matt Welch wrote a good piece in Reason on how his friend Tony Pierce and others were mistaken and forced to pay child support. Many states wouldn't force mothers to take DNA tests. In Tony Pierce's case, he was mistaken for another Anthony Pierce. The states main interest is the all mighty buck.


Since Congress first got into the child support business in 1975, the cornerstone philosophy has been to orient everything toward "the best interest of the child," which in practice has meant ensuring that the kid receives money. Now that the states also have a financial incentive -- they pocket a cut of child support payments, earn performance rewards from the federal government, and enjoy the savings from reduced welfare rolls --


Now if you are a biological father or made a legal commitment to raise a child then those men should pay. I'm wondering if the Florida bill will effect the latter. What the state shouldn't do is abuse their power for federal money.

2 Comments:

At April 16, 2006 3:03 PM , Blogger tony said...

wow thanks for telling me about this bill!

 
At April 20, 2006 4:26 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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