× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

Child Support #89393

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 11, 1984
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(Studio) Status of legislature in Congress requiring courts to attach wages of parents who default on child support payments noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Failure of many parents to pay court-ordered child support examined; Susan Speir's case cited as example [SPEIR - describes financial hardship due to children's father's delinquency.] Related statistics outlined on screen; number child support cases pending in Los Angeles, California, alone noted. Divorced mothers denied child support said fastest growing poverty group in nation [Los Angeles dist. attorney Robert PHILIBOSIAN - considers it a national problem, a "hidden crime."] California's effort to lodge criminal chgs. against delinquent parents such as Neil Speir cited. [Susan SPEIR - describes success in court getting her back child support by jailing husband.] Shelby Cnty., Tennessee, program described. Opposition to pending legislature by fathers' rights groups who feel child support should be withheld when visitation rights are interrupted cited. [Fathers' Rights of America spokesperson Lamont WILLIAMSON - defs. withholding payment.] [Representative Marge ROUKEMA - responds.] Annual cost to taxpayers of supporting such children mentioned.
REPORTER: Hilary Brown

Brown, Hilary;
Jennings, Peter

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.