Child Support Discount?

If you’re anything like me, you have a frequent shopper card for each store on your keychain and more cards in your wallet (related: is it just me or are the frequent shopper stamp cards becoming extinct?). A reverend friend of mine jokingly told a client that if he got married five times, the fifth wedding ceremony was on her – and she ended up performing a free wedding ceremony. So, with this in mind, I can see where Desmond Hatchett is coming from (although I don’t necessarily agree with him).

Skimming Yahoo News the other day, I read about Mr Hatchett who is hoping for a break on the child support that he owes for his 30 children. Raising kids is expensive, so I can understand why people request child support (I have two dogs, and that easily adds up – I’m not ready to even think about how much debt I would be in if kids entered the picture). Mr Hatchett only makes minimum wage, and that doesn’t stretch very far. In fact, half of his pay check goes to the 11 mothers of his children. Unfortunately, that means that there isn’t a lot of money for each child. The article states that “some of the moms receive as little as $1.49 a month” – yikes. Despite stating that he would not have any more children three years ago, Mr Hatchett has had 9 more children.

Could you raise a child on $1.49 a month? How much extra money would you need if $1.49 isn’t enough (I personally don’t see how it could be)? Lastly, what do you think is the answer here?

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About Holly Moyseenko

Holly Moyseenko is a sex educator living in Ohio. She is an advocate of positive and healthy sexuality. Holly currently works for a non-profit health organization as a health educator, and also teaches workshops that focus on many topics within the realm of healthy sexuality. In her spare time, she also is an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, gardens, reads anything within reach, drinks copious amounts of tea, and naps with her two dogs.