Child Support Collection: Deadbeat or Dead Broke?
November 24, 2015
Hosted by Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.
Society gets caught between whether a parent who fails to pay child support is a Deadbeat or is truly Dead Broke. Too often kids get lost and forgotten in the middle. Some parents neglect paying child support because they are indifferent and irresponsible. Others are truly unable to provide financial support due to personal circumstances. Simone Spence brings the conversation back to where it needs to be — discussing a system that has been abused by some and under-utilized by others. The system, she explains, is either broken or designed to fail. This is a heated issue. Single parents who are raising children need help. Child support payments are not a privilege or a hand-out. Children have a right to financial support from their parents. Simone helps parents learn how to collect child support.
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Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.
Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D is an author, speaker, professional family mediator, Director of Colin Family Mediation Group, and a Founding Member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM).
Having survived a nightmarish divorce, Dr. Colin actively supports divorce reform efforts, teaching people how to take a lot of the pain, financial cost, acrimony, and trauma out of divorce. She also loves learning and teaching about building healthy relationships and solving family problems long before anyone has a reason to consider divorce. She has been a foster parent, a married parent, a divorced single parent, and a remarried stepparent.
Formerly a research psychologist studying attachment and other aspects of human development, Dr. Colin has been providing family mediation services since 1999. She specializes in helping couples and ex-couples develop co-parenting plans and financial agreements that support their children’s security, self-confidence, and healthy development as well as their own adult well-being.
Dr. Colin has published two books, “Human Attachment" and "The Guide to Low-Cost Divorce in Virginia: How to Do It Yourself.” She has also written a variety of articles published in journals and on the Internet.