My DH has 2 daughters from his previous marriage. His ex wife remarried right away and her husband is rich- he's a Vice President of a big company located in our city, and the girls are spoiled teens. They're 16 and 14, have trips out of the country for vacations every year, designer clothes, the 16yo got a brand new car for her birthday, go to private school, etc because their step dad pays for it, but because they don't count his income, and go by his exes income alone we pay over $700/month in child support. The girls barely come here at all, never stay overnight, cause they chose to live with their mom.
My DH and I have 3 boys. They are 4 and 1yo twins. I can't work because daycare would be more than I would earn and DH makes too much for us to qualify for any assistance, but really not a lot to support 5 people and two other kids on his income in our expensive city. We live in a crapy apartment, and it just f-cking kills me that these little princesses take $700/month that would make such a difference to us.
And he's asked his ex if he could cut back or anything and she bitchily said "you think MY husband should HAVE to support YOUR kids? No" and laughed. I'm just so frustrated with the system, end vent.