Billions in Family Dollars Going to Lawyers and Bureaucrats

I came across an excellent article by attorney Leon Koziol via his article, Billions in Child Support Going to Lawyers and Bureaucrats.

porkAttorney Koziol details how the current family legal system exploits children and parents out of billions every year in legal fees, making them fight over their children.

“... parents, children and extended families are being fleeced by lawyers and third party beneficiaries every day to unconscionable levels. It’s all part of a lucrative child control industry.

It’s effectively a $40 billion dollar a year child-trafficking scheme sanctioned by the state.  Koziol writes:

Support obligations are artificially hiked through such judge-created fictions as imputed income. Fathers comprise 82% of support debtors per our Census Bureau …. In countless cases, particularly those involving veterans and minorities, the debtor fathers will never be able to complete their servitude, landing them in debtor prisons

This kind of piling-on caused one police investigator to commit a murder-suicide, leaving three children without parents and city taxpayers with a $2 million liability. Nowhere in the civil rights case will you read about this father leaving support court living on $28 per week, see Pearce v Longo, 766 F. Supp. 2d 367. It begs the question: what would make a law man resort to such extremes after following the “proper” channels?

Welcome to the hell that is the family legal system.  It literally drives thousands of parents to die every year and kids lose their fathers/mothers, all under the bogus fiction doctrine of the “best interest” of the child.

Illinois Parental Equality Bill

The Illinois House Legislature is now considering a bill (HB4113) for shared/equal parenting, where both parents are presumed to be equals.  Illinois is sixth largest state in the country.  It’s been getting national press, such as in The Washington Post and NPR.

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As unbelievable as it sounds, most current state custody laws still consider one parent (the father) less equal (inferior) compared to the mother. 

Mothers are awarded custodial parent rights and the majority of possession time in almost all child custody cases nationwide, upwards of 85% of the time, according to US Census Bureau. 

Some states have recently changed their laws (Kentucky) to presume parental equality, but the fight continues elsewhere, with 30+ other states with pending legislation.  The group that opposes equality are the family lawyers and its institutions who derive income from parental custody litigation fights and it’s destructive financial nature.

It’s estimated family law is a $40B ($40,000,000,000) billion dollar a year business for the lawyers – all that money comes from parents pockets and the children’s financial futures.

Child psychologists nationwide support 50/50 possession equality as being ‘best’ for children. 

The Illinois Fathers for Equality Facebook page has a video of a family psychologist starting at minute 8:00 about this very issue:  

Kids are bonded to both parents …  They don’t like being forced into being put into a position where one parent is considered less equal than the other … it’s a very divisive thing …. lawyers like to ‘opine’ and offer ‘opinions’ about children but they don’t have any evidence.  Why are they the ones we rely upon to offer evidence?  They can’t give us any clinical evidence.  There are hundreds of clinical research papers showing 50/50 equality is best for children. ” – Dr. Jim Bedell, clinical psychologist

We all have a vested interest in supporting shared parenting equality: ALL parents, grandparents, extended family, siblings, friends, spouses and supporters with common goals in mind. Those goals benefit our children and ultimately their children.

Student Loan Debt Horror

I’ve been seeing lots of major newspaper articles on this subject recently.

The most recent one entitled “This Life: An existence she loves, under a growing cloud of student debt” ran in the Washington Post this week.

It’s a cautionary story about this librarian in Ohio who owes over $60,000 in student loan debt.  Realistically, she’ll never be able to pay it off from her income alone.  Her monthly payments only pay off the interest accruing.  She says her loan debts scare off potential boyfriends, and justifiably so – debts of that magnitude are a future killer.

I personally know two people in their early 40s who have student loan debts in the six figures: one owes $100,000 and the other $250,000 dollars.   They both make average incomes and can still barely even keep up with the interest payments.  I didn’t have the heart to tell them, but they will never be able to pay off such massive sums from income alone.  It’s nearly impossible.

“Selfie” by Will Storr is the greatest book you haven’t read yet …

I stumbled upon this book “Selfie: How We Became So Self Obsessed and What It’s Doing To Us” by author Will Storr in Paris, FR at Shakespeare and Co. last year.

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The cover of the book is bit of marketing gimmick – it’s not really about the social Facebook/Instagram age, rather it’s about the narrative history of self-identity and personal psychology in Western society. 

Storr makes the argument the “I” generation derived out of Ancient Greece, which later led to things like the Esalen Institute in the 1980s, which gave birth to people like Joseph Campbell, Aldeous Huxley, Ayn Rand, Alan Greenspan, and Steve Jobs, among other people and ideas which dominate our culture.  There is strong evidence for his arguments.  He traces many connections, too much to get into detail here.

Storr writes about how many modern psychologist believe there is no one true self, rather we’re a reflection of many parts of ourselves in different situations.  Thus, there is no core “I” as we’re a bunch of multiple personality types which arise in different contexts.  So, the “I” generation, Storr argues, is based on a lie perpetuated for a variety of reasons.  It’s a false belief.

The book explores darker subjects such as reasons for suicides (when our personal narrative goes awry) and the overall narrative of the “self” that we all tell ourselves.  

Highly recommend this book to those with the interest.