The harsh provisions of the Bradley Amendment can destroy lives. Courts use the power it gives them to make rulings completely at odds with justice and even common sense. In one Georgia case, a man was jailed for not paying child support for a child who was not even his! During time of war and economic difficulty, men are at risk of suffering at the hands of these unfair child support laws. Family courts refuse to recognize unemployment or underemployment as a valid excuse for missing child support payments even if that is caused by serving abroad in our military.
With such strict rules, many men end up in jail for failing to make payments. Although they are imprisoned for not having money, they are often not even informed that they could have had access to a court-appointed attorney. Child support laws are punitive and unjust, but they are still ineffective, as many of the men imprisoned simply lack the resources to pay the amounts the judges demand. The Bradley Amendment is an unjust law and should be repealed.
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