NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 15, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Orange, Connecticut) Court's new approach to delinquent child support examined; impact on Elie Steigers of former husband's refusal to pay described. [STEIGERS - notes psychological effect on children.] Barry Steigers' current standard of living in Florida and Connecticut judge's effort to have him arrested noted. [Elie STEIGERS - cites family's lack of food.] [JUDGE and delinquent father Jim MARTIN - discuss Martin's failure to pay support.] [JUDGE - sentences Martin to jail.] [Judge Charles McCLURE - defs. jailing delinquent fathers.] Focus of new enforcement programs outlined on screen. [Women's Legal Defense Fund spokesperson Nancy POLIKOFF - feels courts award inadequate support payments.] Related statistics outlined on screen, discussed. Wisconsin pilot program explained. [Father's Network spokesperson Neal SKRENES - criticizes award levels.] Teenager Larry Van Brackel's employment efforts to supplement father's support payments described. [VAN BRACKEL - notes effect of continual economy pressure.] [Elie STEIGERS - questions father's punishment of children.]
REPORTER: Lisa Myers