I have started this petition to ask New York State residents to show their support in having bill A09622 signed into law. A summary of this bill and a link to the full text is on the right. Like far too many custodial parents, I have been left to provide food, shelter, medical care and clothing for my son for over seven years now. My ex husband is in arrears, totaling over $87,000.00. In February of this year, he fled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. His precise location and his address in Myrtle Beach is known, yet the arrest warrant issued by the Suffolk County Family court is not extraditable by current New York State law. The Sheriff\'s office cannot take any action. So in essence, NY State law says that they will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law if you don\'t pay your child support...OR...you can just move to another state and nothing will happen to you. This bill, authored by Assemblywoman Patricia Eddington, is desperately needed to help all the custodial parents that find themselves in my position. I am asking you to sign this petition to show your support for this bill, which would make any arrears that total over $10,000 a class E felony, which would result in warrants being extraditable and actionable. The current financial hardship I find myself in is due to the non-payment of court ordered financial support. Back in September of 2006, I began a 48-week regimen of chemotherapy. It was during this time I filed the first petition. Even while deathly ill, my hair falling out, I pursued every legal avenue afforded me. No money was ever received in regards to that first petition. In February of this year, I filed a second petition, which has resulted in the current warrant for his arrest. Thankfully, the treatment worked and I have been recovering well. While the outcome of the chemotherapy has been successful, my finances have been devastated. I ran through my savings while I was sick. Then, I had to take cash advances from credit cards to pay for the basic necessities for our son and me. Today, though healthy and working hard, I find myself in great debt, which I cannot seem to overcome. Bankruptcy looms large as an action I may be forced to take. I will present Assemblywoman Eddington the list of signatures so that she may present them to the Assembly. Please help make our voices heard when this bill is presented before the Assembly in September. Thank You PS: Please, this is not a men/women issue, this is a custodial parent issue. When court ordered support is not being paid and the other parent carries the full brunt of the financial burden of raising a child, there must be EFFECTIVE laws in place to ensure this doesn\'t happen. There are plenty of father\'s in my position as well.