Previous posts here have mentioned the troubles that the State of Maryland's Department of Human Resources has faced in regards to child support in recent years. An audit found that there were a number of areas which needed to be addressed in order to improve services to Maryland residents. A recent report indicated that those improvements are coming, but there is still more work to be done.
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Most of our Maryland readers probably know that a stable family unit is one of the best ways to advance the individual family members, in terms of education, income and happiness. But not all families consist of the stereotypical "nuclear family" unit these days. In fact, the traditional household consisting of a set of parents and their children seems to becoming more of an exception than the rule. When families break up or begin as separate units, there may be problems involving the family members and the legal system. When it comes to child support obligations, the problems can have consequences for the family and for society in general.
Most Maryland residents know that the various aspects of a divorce can take time to resolve and time to get used to after the fact. Child support agreements can often be the most difficult arrangements to get used to - a situation which involves a very private matter in raising a child, combined with the very public matter of ensuring that support payments are made. And we have all heard the stories about the parents who don't pay their agreed upon child support, and sometimes there are very public efforts to crackdown on delinquent payments. Maryland in particular is one state that has recently been under the microscope on how effective the state is in collection efforts.
Father's Day was on June 17, and for many families, this was a time to spend a little extra quality time with their dads, showing appreciation for everything they have done. It can be an important day for fathers too, a time to enjoy extra time with their children. It would be nice if the day was great for everyone, but some Maryland authorities made sure it wasn't much of a great a day for many fathers who are behind on child support.