Child support reforms (letter)by Janos PaskandyNews Weekly
, July 2, 2005
The current debate on child support totally misses the underlying principles and basic rights again.
Children are inseparably both a responsibility and a source of joy. The responsibility as well as the joy should be borne and shared equally between the two biological parents.
Responsibility is discharged by fulfilling parental duties, performed primarily by the combined means of financial and personal care.
Joy is experienced through spending time with children. A parent can only be expected to wear more than an equal share of the financial burden to the extent of his/her unwillingness or inability to perform half of the personal care.
It is unjust to deny a parent the joy proportionate to the burden he/she carries.
As long as one parent is willing and able to discharge half the share of the parental duties, the other parent should not be allowed any demand on him/her whatsoever.
Children have equal rights to both of their parents. The parent who tries to deny them this basic right should be brought into line by the law.
Anyone unwilling to shape policy in line with these principles has no place in debating children's issues.Janos Paskandy,