Men all over the country – men who thought they were the fathers of children, who find out they aren’t the fathers of those children, are questioning courts that have no obvious legal grounds to stand on except for the Bradley Amendment. The 198os derived federal law known as the Bradley Amendment mandates a child-support debt cannot be retroactively reduced or forgiven even if the debtor PROVES NOT TO BE THE FATHER.
Columnist Phyllis Schlafly has called for the Bradley Amendment to be repealed. “The Bradley debt is misnamed “child support. It is a court-imposed judgment to … extract money … to support some … and a $3 billion federal-state bureaucracy.” The facts of this Federal law are rarely publicly discussed and victims of the law are rarely well-informed regarding the law. Attorneys do not discuss the importance of the law with their clients. Parents do not even know the right questions to ask. This legislation was originally designed to clean up a child-support problem. Instead the Federal Law has created unjust punishment and unworkable situations across the country. If even one man or woman has been wronged with this illegal legislation, it should be repealed. The law is a violation of civil rights, due process and reinforces poverty.