Friday, August 25, 2006

Family Rights -- The Time Has Come


This past Monday evening, August 21, I traveled to Pontiac and spoke to The Family Rights Coalition at the Oakland County Commissioners' Auditorium. I found an incredibly receptive and enthusiastic audience for my message that our Attorney General should be family-friendly, not hurt families. Unfortunately, more than a million Michigan families are currently the subject of child support orders under the jurisdiction of an oppressive and incompetent Friend of Court bureaucracy. That's more than 1,500,000 Michigan children. The state reports about half of these child support obligations are delinquent, and 87% of the delinquent amounts are owed by parents who earn less than $10,000 per year. Yet Attorney General Mike Cox is exploiting these families and children for political gain, by threatening these unemployed parents with prison if they don't pay up. As I told my audience -- "Your life, your savings, your income and your children should be your own -- and you should not have to turn them over to the state just because you are going through a divorce."

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