by jennifer bihm-sentinel staff writer
i did the best i could as a father, but the moment i wasnt convenient anymore i was gone. the courts didnt care about my kids having time with me, all they cared about was my money, and i didnt even have much...,that was what a los angeles father of two told columnist glenn sacks during an interview about the lack of fathers rights when it comes to child support. apparently his situation is not unique. another la father eric brown-although he doesnt know the man-can relate to his sentiments.
the Cs services department, said brown, who is a city worker now on disibility is a good department for the work it does. but my experience with it has led me to believe it has to be looked into and some of its flaws amended. it has become biased against fathers.
CS he added does not take into consideration everything the father actually does to take care of his children, only the amount of money that he makes and how much they can extract from him. of course if you love your kids you will automatically provide for them. you'll buy them school clothes and food and all the things that they need. but the court doesnt recognize this...they consider those things as gifts, he said.
there was a time my oldest daughter had to pay the rent because they [child support] had taken my whole [disibility] check, said brown. in fact he said plenty of fathers in this situation said they would rather not work...what would be the point if CS was going to take all they had.
its [the new child support law] not doing what it set out to do. instead its breaking up families, making fathers stay away, said brown.