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Epoch: Fathers Left Behind After Divorce Due to Federal Incentives

At the 48th Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Council, we sat down with Mark Ludwig, founder of Americans for Equal Shared Parenting. We discuss child custody, divorce law, and family court, and how, in Ludwig’s eyes, the current system is stacked against dads getting equal access to their children. He argues that many social problems stem from the lack of a father figure in the home. According to Ludwig, Title IV-D of the Social Security Act gives states large incentives for collecting child support. The more child support a state collects, the more federal money is given to the state. As a result, states are incentivized to minimize custody for one of the parents and to demand a hefty child custody amount from middle and upper-class non-custodial parents.

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