Here's where I'm at and I'd like for somebody to explain the logic. I was paying my estranged wife from the time we separated - no support order, I just paid an amount that we agreed to.
Then she decided that she wanted more and filed for support. Right around that same time I got laid off (I was working as a contractor and the contract went to a lower bidder). My child support fell behind (since they still calculate it based on what I SHOULD be making) and now I'm in the unenviable position of trying to find a job without a driver's license - which was suspended because my support is in arrears. How does it make sense to suspend professional licenses and drivers licenses while demanding money from somebody who can now not get back and forth to work?!
I've seen other threads that also mentioned my other pet peeve: there needs to be a way to make sure that the money is going to my kids. Even when I was giving their mom money, everything she bought was with "her money" because she goes out and works...anytime they couldn't have something it was because daddy doesn't pay child support.
The system just seems heavily weighted. I'm calculated based on what some bureaucrat thinks I should be making - she's calculated based on what she makes. When she gets a new job making more money, that's a non-issue - if I take a job making less than I "could" make just to try and start making some kind of payments, that's also a non-issue because I'm "choosing" to be underemployed. I'm also supposed to be paying for half of the day care that they no longer go to because it's damn tricky to prove that somebody isn't spending money (she doesn't, apparently, have to prove that she is). Meanwhile my nine year old and my seven year old are home alone because their half-sister needs to be able to go to West Virginia with her redneck Myspace boyfriend and Childrens Services tells me that I should try to work that out with the mother instead of hassling them.