Dietz & Overmann, PLLC

Contact Our Edgewood Office

859-757-2978

contact Menu

Quality Family Law Representation “Because It Matters”

Film examines African-American fathers in child support system

According to a documentary by filmmaker Rel Dowdell, "Where's Daddy?", flaws in the child support system disproportionately affect African-American fathers. The Urban Institute reports that 70 percent of child support debt is owed by parents whose income is under $10,000 yearly. Some Kentucky parents may be among those who are struggling within the child support system.

Dowdell identifies several hindrances for fathers within the child support system. Unable to afford legal counsel, they often are unaware about how the system works as result. This includes not knowing that if their income drops or they cannot keep up child support payments for some other reason, it is possible to ask for a modification.

Some fathers who are in arrears lose their driver's license. This makes it hard for them to see their children or get to work. They may be jailed for falling behind on child support, and this can also result in a job loss. Fathers then get into more debt. Although there is a stereotype that African-American fathers neglect their children, it is often these barriers that keep them from maintaining a relationship. They may suffer guilt as a result, and the children are usually hurt more than anyone.

Divorce can be tough for people in many ways, but issues involving children may be among the hardest to navigate. Parents may be concerned about the well-being of their children as well. They may also be struggling with the idea of spending less time with their children. Finally, there may be concerns about child support. An attorney may be able to explain how child support is assessed and what parents can do if they are struggling to pay or collect support. If parents have a formal child support order in place and later agree for one parent to pay less, the order still needs to be legally changed.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For a Response

Find Out How We Can Address Your Legal Needs

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Dietz & Overmann, PLLC
130 Dudley Road Suite 150
Edgewood, KY 41017

Toll Free: 866-342-1559
Phone: 859-757-2978
Fax: 859-341-5111
Edgewood Law Office Map

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • Discover