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1984

ACES is founded in Toledo, Ohio. ACES successfully advocated for legal representation for welfare and non-welfare families entitled to support.

1985

Income withholding at the time an order is entered during divorce or paternity. Law passes Ohio Legislature. This is ACES’ first legislative advocacy! ACES opens an office upstairs in the YWCA building in downtown Toledo.

1986

ACES becomes the largest child support advocacy organization in the U.S. with 45 chapters in Ohio and chapters in 16 other states.

1987

First national candlelight vigil is held on April 27. ACES president Geraldine Jensen testifies before Congress to outline problems with state child support systems and to advocate for a law for income withholding at time of divorce or establishment of paternity.

1988

Family Support Act is passed by Congress; it includes ACES suggestions for income withholding, mandatory guidelines, and paternity establishment. ACES leaders from 15 states are appointed by governors to state guideline committees. Five states enact felony non-support laws due to ACES advocacy.

1989

ACES holds first national “Golden Heart and Heartless Awards.” ACES files a federal lawsuit against Texas Attorney General’s office. ACES successfully advocates for regulations for time frames for government child support agencies to follow.

1990

U.S. Interstate Commission on Child Support is established. ACES is represented by Geraldine Jensen. ACES leaders in 18 states participate at public hearing held by the Commission.

1991

ACES’ book, “How To Collect Child Support” is published by Longmeadow Press.

1992

Congress enacts the 1992 Child Support Recovery Act, which makes it a federal crime on interstate cases if the non-payor fails to pay for one year or is $5,000 behind, whichever occurs first. ACES chapters throughout the nation advocated for this new law!

1993

A total of 100,000 families entitled to child support contact ACES for information. ACES is featured on several national TV shows and magazines. Thirty-four ACES leaders are appointed to serve on state child support guideline committees.

1994

Mercy Hospital donates $100,000 building! ACES has a new home!

1995

ABC made for TV movie, “Abandoned and Deceived” airs. The movie is the story of ACES founding and highlights the plight of families owed child support.

1996

ACES grows to 35,000 members with 350 chapters in 47 states.

1997

We success advocate for General Accounting Office investigation of waste and problems with state computers

1998

ACES is the catalyst for Congress enacting the Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act, making non-support in some cases a federal felony offense

1999

ACES of California improves the child support system by getting a new statewide child support agency created , eliminates the county by county system by 2002

2000

Congress acts to make federal employees have to provide health insurance for their children if a medical support order provides for insurance coverage, ACES advocacy assists at least 200,000 children obtain health insurance

2001

ACES wins $44.6 million for poorest families, those leaving welfare roles in Ohio. ACES lawsuit against the State successfully holds state accountable for illegally withholding families support payments. State is found to have knowingly and purposely put new computer on-line which incorrectly calculated payments. In California, ACES successfully advocates for employer income withholding compliance law. Employers who fail three times to payroll deduct child support bank accounts are attached to collect support.

2002

An ACES investigation finds that state government child support agencies are holding $738 million in child support payments. These are payments made by a non-custodial parent which have not been sent onto the children with in 2 days as mandated by federal law. The U.S. General Accounting Office, U.S. Senate Finance Committee and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services undertake further investigation to resolve the problem.
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