Monday, March 30, 2009

Pay Your Damn Child Support!

In Family Court last week (I was in the area and thought I'd drop by!)
-- a place I have dubbed "The Unhappiest Place On Earth" -- I witnessed a case that disgusted me. This poor woman, who was representing herself because she couldn't afford a lawyer, was begging the judge to give her children back to her. She has a 17-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter.

Apparently, she was the primary custodial parent all along and is a good, devoted mother. But because her ex-husband, who makes over $200,000/year, hasn't paid her any child support in quite some time, she was evicted from her home and had to move in with her mother. The deadbeat ex-husband then took her to court and got custody of the children because this poor woman didn't have a place of her own where they could all live.

She proved to the judge that she is working two jobs to save up for a down payment on a rental. but still, that wasn't enough to sway him. The judge said that until she could afford a place of her own, the children would remain with the ex-husband and his new wife.

How can this even be considered fair or legal? She is thousands of dollars in debt because her asshole ex-husband hasn't paid court-ordered child support -- mandated by law! -- and because of that, she was evicted and subsequently lost custody of her children. Where is the justice in all this?

She ran out of the courtroom in tears. And the asshole ex-husband followed her out with a smirk on his face. I wanted to shoot him, but they confiscated my firearm down at check-in.

So all I can do is blog about it and send a message out to all the deadbeat dads in the world who are dodging their child support: You may think you're getting away with it now, but it will catch up to you in one way or another. You'll either get your license revoked, your tax check intercepted or if you owe more than $10,000, you could be doing some time in jail, where I hear they really love assholes!

The worst penalty, however, will be the day you have to face your children when they're old enough to know the truth and explain to them why they weren't important enough for you to take care of them.

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