ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 11, 1984
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(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