Several weeks ago Fathers & Families put out a “Media Opportunity” alert looking for fathers whose income has declined in the recession but who have been unable to get downward modifications on their child support.
Roode is a retired police sergeant and retired Air National Guardsman. In a letter he explains:
I have and own nothing. I have no car and walk to work at the Phoenix VA Hospital. My take home pay is $91 bi-weekly after my child support garnishment.
Roode’s income dropped from $72,000 a year to $30,000 a year but the court refuses to lower his child support obligation. He says the courts “look at fathers [only] as ATM machines…there’s no sympathy.” Roode’s ex-wife divorced him while he was serving in Iraq.
Kudos to Fox reporter Keith Yaskin for a good job on the story, and thanks to David Hamu of Arizona Fathers for his work.