I know a single dad with two kids. He has sole custody of them (mom lost all rights due to abuse) and was awarded $400/month in child support. He is on disability with poor health and is mentally a little slow. The family struggles to get by and only does so with the aid of public assistance (I'm not bashing people who are on PA, this is just a fact here). When the child support checks come in each week, the money is given to the kids to spend as they wish. When the kids needed coats for the winter, the family went to a local church to get them - the same with a bed for the daughter and camping supplies for a field trip. The dad is a really nice guy, but the kids are both really getting a "give it to me now" attitude about things. Since he will call and ask for help (his daughter is in my girl scout troop) and advice I don't feel that it would be out of line to talk with him about the issue, but I'm not sure how to approach it. I think the child support should be used to get the kids what they need and not just handed over to them.
Answer by MamiJaAyla at 8:05 PM on Dec. 8, 2010
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