Holy Crap Batman!
Child Support Workgroup member documents how Washington State is overcharging Child Support!
The new Child Support Workgroup is working on identifying what economic table should be used to determine the amount of Child Support to be paid in Washington State. For many years, non-custodial fathers have complained that the amount of child support paid is unjust, leaving them with no money to support themselves and their children. And, in Washington State we have severe penalties for parents that don't pay their child support, including loss of drivers license, passport, jail, liens on homes, etc.
Governor Gregoire nominated Dr. David Betson of Notre Dame University to be the Economist on the current Child Support Workgroup (CSWG) that is meeting to discuss and recommend changes to the legislature. Dr. Betson is billed as an expert on child support, and for good reason. In the many states that he has consulted for, their child support amounts have been going up dramatically, not helping non-custodial parents, but increasing the harm to them and their children. And many are trying to understand how this happens.
Enter David Spring, with a Masters in Child Development, and working on his PHD, along with extensive background working at the University of Washington in Research and teaching courses in problem solving. David has solved the problem, blowing the top off of the issue. Seems David has done an outstanding job of documenting how Dr. Betson's famed model for child support is wrong, unsubstantiated with any peer review, and using limited data that has skewed his data. Mr. Spring's report to the committee is extensive, and well documented with all references. You can download a copy of the document here
After reading the document we ask that you do several things. First, make sure you have signed the shared parenting petition at petition.WashingtonSharedParenting.com, write a letter to your elected representatives in the Washington Legislature demanding an investigation into these issues, and writing a email to the chairman of the Committee,
, asking that Dr. Betson's information not be used by his committee! Do it now, before more damage is done!!!