As a solo mother who has never received child support, I applaud that you provided numbers for readers. Although it’s been a struggle, I have to say, I have seen enough children scarred from deadbeat parents in and out of their lives, and heard horror stories of family court, and as you mentioned, child support not being paid— I feel grateful some days I don’t have to deal with the drama and emotional stress, and my child doesn’t have to deal with disappointment and confusion.

Bay Area Misfit Mom originally from the Midwest, writing with compassion, color, and candor about the way things are and how they could be.