The Missouri Department of Social Services appears to be discriminating against non-custodial parents in its child support enforcement policies and, more important, violating federal and state laws and regulations regarding non-custodial parents’ access to downward modifications of child support orders.
That’s the message sent by NPO’s Linda Reutzel and three others in two letters to the DSS acting director and the director of its child support division.
DSS regulations routinely refer to the parent owing child support as the “absent” parent or the “non-custodial parent.” Both suggest a state of affairs that’s generally untrue in child custody cases. The notion that the payer of child support is in any way “absent” from his child’s life is almost always untrue.
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