Skip to comments.Deadbeat Dad Contest Bad for Kids
Posted on 10/13/2004 1:42:42 AM PDT by The Loan Arranger
On Oct. 1, Michigan launched a new crackdown on "deadbeats" noncustodial parents who are behind on paying child support. The overwhelmingly majority of "deadbeats" are dads.
Custodial parents cheered; fathers rights groups objected. Children were caught in between. But Attorney General Mike Cox doesnt seem concerned about keeping children as non-combatants in the war between their parents.
In conjunction with the website PayKids, a site Cox established to track down deadbeats, Cox announced a contest in which children are to draw pictures "that clearly convey the message of encouraging the payment of child support."
The contests prize: "The first 250 submissions will receive a $10 gift certificate to Domino's Pizza .And, the winner, will have their rendering reproduced into a billboard in a prominent location "
The contest encourages custodial parents who, it should be noted, are overwhelmingly mothers to discuss the issue with children and assist "in crafting the message and visual representation."
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How about "My Dad bent over in a dank cell being reamed out by a big dude named Bubba, while all the other inmates eagerly await their turn"?
I find it hard to stick up, or feel sorry for a guy who won't support his kids. If the pop thinks its too high, or visitation is poor, or the ex is a hag and makes life hell, he should complain loudly, but he ought to do it while cutting the check for his kids.
This is the culture that leads to all men being accused of being a deadbeat dad. Here in Texas I MUST submit my social security number in order to receive a driver's license, in part because they want to determine that I do not owe back child support.
I have never been married and have no kids but I am automatically suspected of being a criminal.
The issue is serious enough but it does not necessarily increase or guarantee child support payments. I know a woman who does not get her son's money. The father claimed an injury prevented him from working but I just happened to have homevideo of him performing in a band at a bar for money. Even with this, I think she had difficulty getting the court mandated payment.