“I’m a dad, not a wallet.”
What may prompt millions of non-custodial dads to say this phrase — or at least think it? How is it that millions of children of divorce or separation may wonder why they can’t see their beloved Dad, or sometimes Mom, more than 4 to 6 days a month, if that?
These are just two of the important questions raised by Angelo Lobo, Producer and Director of the full-length documentary “Support System Down,” which examines problems within the nation’s child support system.
Lobo’s film “Support System Down” comes to the Ohmann Theatre in Lyons, New York on August 13, 2008 starting at 7 pm, EDT and to the Angelika Film Center in Plano, Texas on August 14, 2008 at 7 pm, CDT.
The film contends that many fathers, and some mothers, can’t even get their “visitation” court orders enforced. The system’s unfairness can also affect our military men and women. Parents want equal parenting — not “visitor” status. Most parents don’t have to be convinced to do the right thing in supporting their children; they already are willing and able to do that. Nevertheless, many believe that the family court and child support systems treat them and their families unjustly. The children suffer the most.
“We created this film to expose the serious unfairness in the system in order to help effect positive change for millions of families — men, women, and children. The situation is beyond absurd. We have loving, fit fathers, who want to be there and support their children, who are unfairly prevented from doing so. On the other hand, we have men proven by DNA testing not to be the dad, yet they are forced to financially support children they may not even know and did not father,” said Lobo.
Angelo Lobo hopes his film can contribute greatly to the effort of raising nationwide public awareness.
“Both mothers and fathers are tired of being unfairly vilified, pursued and stereotyped when it comes to financial child support. They say it doesn’t help their children or families when the main breadwinner is devastated, humiliated, threatened, or constantly pursued by a misguided and ill-informed system. Unfair, illogical, harsh, punitive measures against alleged nonpayers, such as lifting driver’s and professional licenses and jail, are not helping children and families,” said Lobo.
“I wanted to convey these loving parents’ stories in a compelling way and to give these parents a powerful voice. Children want and need both parents in their lives. Children suffer and miss their parents when they’re unjustly separated from them following divorce or family breakup. They need adequate time with both parents, which often doesn’t happen in our current system,” said Lobo.
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