Monday, March 28, 2005

Soldier dads and child support 

Cassandra describes the plight of divorced reservists who are called up to serve in Iraq, see their income cut from civilian levels, and then are arrested upon their return for failure to pay all their child support obligations. While I have no sympathy for genuinely deadbeat dads, you have to think that the law should be cognizant of the changing economic circumstances of activiated reservists.

I also wonder whether debtor's prison is a fair and just remedy. The young American republic abolished debtor's prison on the grounds that it was ineffective and unjust. What is the principled argument that the failure to pay debts for child support should be considered differently?


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