You’ve got your birthday party planned and you’ve got the babysitter and the kids ready to go.
You know that your parents aren’t going to want to share, so you can probably count on the babysitters.
But what if they just can’t get the kids out of bed?
Theoretically, the babysitting arrangement could leave your children without a birthday party and all your cash for your birthday.
That’s the crux of a new lawsuit filed this week by a Florida man who says he owes child support payments on his two children and that the babyshers are stealing money from him to make ends meet.
The father’s complaint, filed in Polk County Circuit Court, alleges that the children’s birthdays have been cancelled by his mother, who had been working part-time, and the state of Florida, who said he has to support his two young daughters.
According to the complaint, the state has sent his children to other states to live with foster families because of the expense, but that he was forced to pay child support for them when they were born.
The mother is in the process of divorcing the father, and he has sued the state for $500,000.
A court date has not been set.
The children’s birthday parties, the lawsuit claims, were cancelled after the state’s office of Child Protective Services received a complaint.
“As a result of this false information, the children are unable to enjoy the birthday party,” the complaint reads.
“This is a direct consequence of the state making the false statements.”
Child support payments for the two children, ages 6 and 7, were initially due to be paid in December.
But after the lawsuit was filed, the Florida Department of Children and Families said the state had paid the payments in full.
“The department is disappointed in the actions taken by CPS,” the agency said in a statement, adding that it had suspended payments to the children “until further notice.”
The lawsuit claims that the state is not enforcing the law, which says a child must be paid for the birthdays of the parents of two or more children under age 18.
“To be clear, it is up to the mother to decide whether to make the birthday payment or to continue to pay the payments as scheduled,” the lawsuit says.
The complaint also alleges that there was a financial arrangement in place between the mother and the child’s father that gave the state financial incentives to cancel the birthdates.
The state claims it was made in July 2017 and has continued to make payments through September 2021.
The case is not related to any lawsuit filed by the father.
But the father said he was upset because he thought he was paying child support on his children’s behalf.
“I’m not the kind of parent that’s going to go around paying child welfare money to other people, I’m not that kind of guy,” he said.
When they get out of school, when they’re at the doctor’s appointments and when they’ve got their hair done and their clothes on, that’s when you’re supposed to have a party, and when I didn’t have one, that was a real disappointment.”