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The legal obligation of a parent to support a child began in the common law. "The duty of the parent to maintain his offspring until they attain the age of maturity is a perfect common law duty." Dawson v. Dawson, 12 Iowa 512 (1861).

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GUILTY AS SIN

11/05/2002

$60,000 BEHIND ON CHILD SUPPORT, MAN IS CONVICTED

The ex-husband of a vocal child-support recovery advocate from Casey was convicted of willfully failing to pay his obligations, U.S. Attorney Steven Colloton said Monday. Otho Rater, 59, now of Kansas, admitted during his trial in Des Moines that the past-due obligation to his seven children exceeded $60,000. Rater waived his right to a jury trial and had his case tried before U.S. District Judge James Gritzner. Rater faces a prison term of up to two years when he is sentenced Feb. 3. Rater's case has received widespread attention, thanks mainly to his crusading ex-wife, Maja Rater, who has written letters to newspapers, lobbied lawmakers and criticized bureaucrats since he first failed to pay child support in the mid-1980s.



Otho Rater will be sentenced on February 3rd,2003 at 9 AM in U.S. District Court in Des Moines, Iowa


MAN SENTENCED IN SUPPORT CASE

A Kansas man was sentenced to 15 months in prison for failing to pay child support to children in Guthrie County.

Otho Rater, 59, of Schoenschen, Kansas, owes $87,181.70 in back child support payments. He was indicted on 5 counts of willfully failing to pay a past-due child support obligation on June 25, 2002.

The charges relate to unpaid child support of seven children that has accrued since 1982. He was found guilty of the charges on Nove. 4, 2002

OF COURSE HE IS APPEALING THE DECISION!!!!!



8TH CIRCUIT U.S. COURT OF APPEALS

Case No. 03-1449 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Plaintiff - Appellee v. OTHO LEONARD RATER Defendant - Appellant



IOWA CHILD SUPPORT WEB SITE

In the United States 20 million children are owed more than $107 billion in back child support.

This is money parents who don't live in the same household as the children are court ordered to pay to help economically support their children.

It is the law!!

The unwillingness of states to collect this court ordered economic support awarded these children has forced many of these families onto the welfare rolls

For years politicians in their lust for power and reelection have dermagouged the plight of these families, blaming the victims rather than the parents avoiding their economc, court ordered obligations to their children, as well as the states' unwillingness to collect from unwilling parents, and the courts' refusal to enforce the laws put in place to prevent this neglect.

This economic neglect by parents placed a great economic burden on the tax payers which finally culminated in the passage of a welfare bill which allowed states to do to children what the parents were doing: economically abandoning these children!

State after state is bragging about how fast children are being dropped, releasing tax payers of any economic obligations to these economically abandoned children.

No one is bringing up that the welfare bill that allows the states to cut economic support to these economically abandoned children, also demands that the court ordered economic support these children morally and legally are entitled to from their absent parents be collected


Contact your congress people and demand that they do what we elect them to do and what they claim they do: Pass responsible legislation and enforce it!!!
















Senator Joseph Lieberman wrote a book on child support: Child Support in America (Can be purchased at Amazom.com). He is a former Attorney General from the state of Connecticut.

In Iowa 134,401 children are owed $1.05 billion in unpaid child support. Nationwide millions of children are owed $107 billion. It is time to move child support collections over to IRS!!

In Iowa non-support is a felony class-D.

Yet, it took me 16 years to get the state to prosecute and sentence my former husband of 23 years to prison for economically abandoning his 7 children!

It was not because of the state's willingness to enforce a law put in place to protect children from economic neglect that my former husband was sentenced to 5 years in prison on June 9th, 1998 (the first case of its kind in Iowa), but because, as a child support worker from the Iowa Attorney General's Office said, "of a very vocal parent who convinced the Polk County attorney to prosecute" this deadbeat parent.

It is not for lack of laws millions of children are going without.

It is not because of lack of laws that it has become very risky to choose to become a parent--suicidal to be a stay-at-home parent.

It is because of an unwillingness to enforce said laws!

How can that be in a country that prides itself of being a country governed by rule of law?

Or does that only depend on whose ox is gored?



Contact your congress people and demand that they do what we elect them to do and what they claim they do: Pass responsible legislation and enforce it!!!




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