In light of the new year and in the hopes of new beginnings, Aginelo Productions announces “Romeo Misses a Payment”, a powerful independent film chronicling the fall out of divorce and child custody cases in America.
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. 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. “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.
He discussed his film Support? System Down which documents injustices in the family courts and child support systems in the form of interviews of 38 parents involved in custody and child support disputes. “Particularly shocking is the way that military parents are treated. They are ordered off to combat, often taking a huge cut in their pay from their civilian jobs and being paid at military reserve forces pay rates, only to come home to be immediately jailed for failure to pay child support that exceeds their wartime income. Laws to prevent this were passed in many jurisdictions, but American governments do not obey the laws.
Filmmaker Angelo Lobo’s important documentary about flaws in the nation’s family court and child support systems comes to Atlanta on September 26, 2009. Lobo says “Support? System Down” (www.theromeodocumentary.com) tells a side of the story that is not yet heard adequately, but it urgently needs to be told.
“How is it that society accepts the idea of ‘standard visitation’ which often allows children of divorce or separation to see their beloved parent, usually fathers but sometimes mothers, only 4 days a month, if that? It’s not enough time,” said Lobo. See “It’s About the Kids.
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The whole world needs to see this video. This shows the corrupt family court system. It’s very sad, the children are the ones caught in the middle. I want all judges and lawyers to see this movie.
Thank you for promoting this issue and this site. I have bought 10 of these to send to my politicians with a letter asking them to act on changes in the law.
As a loving mom who, when I told the judge that I hadn’t seen my daughter for four months worth of my custody time, was asked by the judge “What do you expect me to do about it?”, I urge everyone who has ever lived through the hell of a custody battle to watch this movie. Can you expect that your child will be taken away from you just because your spouse ran off with someone else? Oh yes. You can.
Carl – The Anti Dead Beat Dad
I just saw the preview of SUPPORT? System down. OH MY GOD!!!!! If you haven’t seen it, get it today! supportthemovie dot com Order a copy for everyone who has stood between you and your children. Angelo Lobo – You have done an out standing job! My hat is off you you.
Lobo raises some disturbing issues. While the child-support system places little or no demand on custodial parents (usually mothers), it often places unreasonable demands on fathers. He reports on a roofer who is more than $200,000 in arrears in child support, a debt the man can never repay. (We are not given the details of the situation, so we don’t learn how he fell so far behind.) Another father talks about the bumper falling off his aging compact car as he arrives at his ex-wife’s house, only to find that she’s just bought a new car. He says he makes $100,000 a year but cannot afford his child-support payments. Lobo questions a system in which children are given to one parent or another, rather than encouraged to split their time between both parents. He charges–a charge that I will explore in a future posting–that states can earn money from the federal government by establishing tough child-support regulations. And he says that many fathers are jailed for being only a few thousand dollars behind in their child support–another charge I hope to examine in a future posting. Lobo doesn’t give us enough information about any of the cases he presents to allow us to make our own judgments about the fairness questions he raises. But the audience–including many who said they’d been victims of an unfair child-support system–was clearly moved.