Experts claim the American child support system is flawed as it punishes the poor and gives an incentive to men and women to have children with wealthier partners for their own financial security. This practice is most evident in states like California, where there are a large number of high profile celebrity child support cases. Furthermore, less wealthy parents are typically ordered to pay amounts that have a greater financial impact on them. Meanwhile, a millionaire, non-custodial parent may not notice the financial impact of the amount he or she pays in child support.
One child support attorney described the child support system as the biggest economic problem facing single parents today and compared the issue to the recession. She specifically highlighted the Bradley Act, which was implemented to help parents collect back child support. One issue with the act is that resetting or reducing the amount overdue is virtually impossible. This especially impacts parents who are absent or nonpaying due to extenuating circumstances that are beyond their control.
Child support lawyers disagree on the morality of having a child with a wealthier person as a means of financial support to afford a more expensive lifestyle. They also disagree on whether spending habits of the custodial parent should be monitored to ensure the child is receiving adequate care. Some argue that overseeing an adults spending would be too difficult while others maintain that the extremely large amounts parents who share children with celebrities are paid are simply too much and that child care does not require tens of thousands of dollars each month.
The issue of child support is an important topic and especially comes to light in states like California, where many celebrities reside. It is often seen in these celebrity cases that the custodial parent may receive more than enough in child support each month to live a luxurious lifestyle for themselves. However, there is a large disparity between the payouts in celebrity child support cases and the impact of child support orders in cases involving average citizens.
Source: The Root, “Child-Support Laws: A Boon for Gold Diggers?“, Keli Goff, May 22, 2013