Child Support is ordered by the court to assist one parent in providing for the children born in a marriage or a relationship. In one case we investigated, the father, Jack decided to stop paying support because his ex-wife had recently started dating and he felt as if the support was being used for her entertainment. The children still needed a roof over their heads, food on the table, tuition to school, medical care and to participate in extracurricular activities. Jack’s lack of contributing financially wasn’t due to his being an irresponsible father, it was solely based on jealousy. He still maintained his rights for his weekends with the kids because he knew his ex-wife could not withhold visitation due to not paying support. [...]
Soon after her husband started making lots more money in his business, he left Cathy with four very young children to raise alone. For nearly a decade, Cathy occasionally heard tidbits about him, that he visited his mother one afternoon or met an old friend for coffee. No one seemed to know where he lived. Cathy was always told that her ex-husband had likely lost his business since he no longer had an income. In fact, he was destitute.
But Cathy never believed these slivers of information. After all, she knew her ex-husband very well. She knew how much he enjoyed driving sports cars and dining out in popular restaurants. She knew he would never fare well without flaunting his fortune. All along, she suspected [...]