Re: Are child support payments set up to be a punishment?
Yes you're correct that the court determines the amount of income that the non-custodial parent must pay based off of their income, but it's ridiculous what some of those percentages are.
My buddy gross' $40k/yr. He has 2 children and pays a total of $1000 in child support for both. If you consider what he has left after all the taxes, other obligations are taken out of his check, and the $1000 child support payment that he has to pay that's ridiculous. He's freakin poor. And his children's mother SITS ON HER A$$ ALL DAY and don't do anything. If you consider she lives in a 1 bedroom trailer with 1000 other people, $1000 is alot of money in that situation.
He has been back to court several times begging them to lower the payments because he's hardly making it, but his problem is that he doesn't have a lawyer. The courts aren't trying to hear him without a lawyer and he just doesn't understand all the documents needed to start the process and who gets which document etc..
It's a big mess so for now he's stuck paying support unless he quits, loses his license, and gets a warrant put out for his arrest.