Here's a few suggestions on how we can stop subsidising other citizen's divorces and their obligation to support and raise their own children:
First we need to look at how our courts process divorces where custody of the children are at issue. The very first thing that should happen in any marriage that is being ended involving children is a psychological evaluation should be done on the entire immediate family unit. This should include any and all adults residing in either household of both parents. This evaluation should be performed by qualified; competent, pre-approved by the court, psychologists only. If one or both parents refuse to be evaluated this should be seen as an immediate red flag and that parent or parents should be excluded from consideration for the award of custody. Based upon the results of this evaluation if both parents are deemed to be able to provide for the children in a stable; safe and nurturing home then the custody should be awarded to the parent that can best support the child without any aid from the taxpayers when a shared custody accommodation cannot be reached by the parents. If the shared parenting agreement can be reached by the parties it should be so ordered by the court. If neither parent is competent to raise their children then another family member who is willing to step forward and can do so should be awarded custody with supervised visitation to the parents.
Let's get the government out of the business of collecting and distributing support to children to the maximum extent possible. The above changes will result in a reduction of the amount of money spent by the taxpayers on Aid for Dependent Children through the HHS dept. It would also reduce the amount of people needed on the payroll at the Office of Child Support Enforcement Agencies at the County, State and Federal levels. It should also reduce the number of people serving time in Jails and prisons for felony non support as parents will be made responsible for thier own children and interacting with them in their daily lives. Currently, it costs $42,000.00 to incarcerate a person in a county jail for one year. This should also reduce the number of staff at all levels of the country's jails and prisons, further reducing the budget requirements at the County; State and Federal levels.
Another action that should be taken is for all levels of government should require a drug test to be done on anyone seeking aid from the HHS department or any form of aid, educational or otherwise. What you are doing when you declare you need assistance for getting an education or the cost of housing and living in general is that you do not have the ability to pay for things yourself and are asking the taxpayers to give you a hand up not a hand out. Once you are able through employment to support yourself at a level you want the taxpayer to support you, any amount earned above that level should be levied by garnishment to repay that debt to the taxpayer. No more giveaways on the back of the taxpayer.
Another change I would like to see is the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. This should give males the same rights to determine reproduction that currently is the exclusive arena of females. After all, it takes two people to make a pregnancy both should have a say whether that pregnancy is ended by birth or abortion. If either parent wants to end the pregnancy it should be ended. If one person wants to continue the pregnancy the other should have the ability to opt out of being involved and stripped of their parental rights regarding the child. The party that wants to have the child should assume full legal and physical custody and financial responsibility of the child. If neither parent has the ability to support the child without aid from the taxpayer and no other family member is willing to do so the pregnancy should be terminated. If you decide to have sex and make a child then you should accept responsibility for that child.
In all domestic relations matters were an affidavit is made and that affidavit is determined to be perjurous then the party making that declaration under oath should be prosecuted for perjury no matter to their competency or not. If the perjurous act results in disbursement of taxpayer money under NO circumstances should that debt be passed on to another person. Hold the person that commits the fraud suffer the consequences of their own actions.
These are just common sense actions that can be done to shift the responsibilty for supporting yourself and your family back to you and away from the taxpayer and holding those who commit crimes accountable for their own actions.