I strongly disagree with one point in Lance Gay's article in the April 2 Viewpoint section on budget balancing. I think the $25 user fee plus 5 percent of money collected, suggested for federal enforcement of child support, should be paid by the non-custodial parent, not by the child. The contract is between parent and child. The custodial parent has no part in it and should not be charged vicariously for collection. Her financial situation has already been taken into account.

The only reason state and federal governments got involved in these payments was the reluctance of non-custodial parents to obey court orders and shoulder their legal and moral obligation to their children. If it were financially advantageous to make voluntary payments, maybe more parents would choose that option. The children would benefit either way by receiving the full amount they were due.Valerie Y. Luckau

Salt Lake City