Over the years, non-custodial parents who have been paying child support to the parent with custody of the children have been leery of what that parent may have been doing with those funds. For the most part, there are no requirements in place that require a custodial parent to provide an accounting of what is done with those payments, but a recent and short-lived bill in Iowa attempted to take a step in that direction, albeit indirectly.
A State Senator in Iowa recently proposed a bill that would have required parents who were receiving child support payments to submit to drug tests at the request of the non-custodial parent. The bill was introduced because a legislator stated that one of his constituents was convinced that the parent to whom he was paying child support was using that money to purchase illegal substances. However, the bill was quickly withdrawn after the reaction of other members of the state legislature made it clear that it would not pass.
Supporters of this type of an idea have long believed that there should be more accountability with regards to the parent who receives child support payments. Opponents of this type of thinking tend to argue that forcing someone to take a drug test at what could be the whim of a non-custodial parent could bog down the system and create several issues that should be avoided.
San Diego Child Support Lawyers
While these types of ideas are beginning to arise more often, what a non-custodial parent who suspects that child support payments are being misused should not do is simply stop making those payments. Taking this ill-advised step can lead to an entire list of serious legal problems. Instead, someone in this position should be proactive in dealing with this suspicion legally.
If you are facing the possibility of problems with a child support order, you need to seek the help of experienced San Diego child support lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of fathers for many years. Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.