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November 20, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
More than $14 billion in child support was left unpaid to American parents in a single year - more than 1 out of every 3 dollars that were due, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Wednesday. Millions of parents are awarded child support every year, but getting it is another story. Fewer than half of eligible parents received all of the child support they were due in 2011, according to a newly released report based on the Current Population Survey. About a quarter got none. Most parents were granted support through formal legal agreements established by the courts or other government entities.
January 27, 2000 | LOUISE ROUG
The Orange County district attorney's family-support division collected and distributed more than $131 million in child support last year, a 24% boost over 1998 and the agency's largest amount yet. The increase was a result of more staffing, training and automation, said Jan Sturla, a senior assistant district attorney. It was unclear from the figures released Wednesday what percentage of cases on file the $131 million represented.
June 11, 1995
The article regarding unpaid child support (May 15) states that child-support delinquencies are increasing at "an uncontrollable rate." That article did not say that in 1992, the California Legislature saw fit to effectively double child-support amounts and to encourage district attorneys to collect these higher amounts. Perhaps this overnight doubling of support amounts has something to do with the delinquency rate. Or perhaps many newly divorced mothers feel they have no financial obligations to their children and this should all be on Dad's shoulders.
May 18, 2001 | From Times staff reports
With a little help from the IRS, the Ventura County district attorney's office said Thursday it set a record for child-support collections in April. The office collected $5,248,648 largely by having the tax refunds of those behind on their payments sent directly to the district attorney's office. The amount was up from $1,101,585 during the same month last year. Stan Trom, head of the district attorney's child-support division, said the IRS helped funnel the checks to his office.
January 29, 1999
This week's legislative hearing on California's child support mess may be an important step in finally resolving the chaos that has prevailed in Los Angeles County and elsewhere. Testimony at a joint hearing of Assembly and Senate committees in Sacramento came from child advocates, district attorneys, aggrieved custodial parents who can't get the support payments they're owed and noncustodial parents who are hounded for money they don't owe.
August 30, 1998
Re "Children Have a Right to Support," Aug. 16. This article misleads the reader into believing that the district attorney's involvement is a bright, shining sword in the child-support enforcement area and that children everywhere are benefiting. Nothing could be further from the truth. Once again, children are merely pawns in a game to expand big government. Very few children benefit more by money than by a noncustodial parent's involvement in his or her life on a day-to-day basis.
August 16, 1996 | JEFF McDONALD
A Ventura liquor store owner has been arrested for not answering charges in Ventura County Superior Court that he failed to withhold child support payments from one of his employees. Investigators from the district attorney's office arrested Raymond Leroy Ramirez, who is accused of failing to keep court-ordered child support payments from a worker.
April 20, 2002
Your April 15 article, "DNA Shakes Up Child Support Laws," proves that men are often trapped into parental roles when they have no desire to be parents. Fathers have minimal legal rights and huge legal financial responsibilities. If sociologists were really concerned about the importance of the role of fathers, they wouldn't only look at how much money a father can provide but would realize that a father should be more than a weekend visitor. A father paying child support should have the right to see that his support payments are going toward the children he's supporting, and he should have equal input into the decisions being made concerning his children.
March 1, 1989 | GINGER THOMPSON, Times Staff Writer
When 26-year-old Regetter Burton got married, she had lots of dreams--to go to school, have children and raise her family with the support of a loving husband. But what she has become--a single parent on welfare--was her worst nightmare. For two years, Burton has raised her two daughters in a small apartment in South Los Angeles on $663 a month in welfare payments and $79 in food stamps. Given Up on D.A.
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