Definition of a deadbeat dad please...

Jessica - posted on 01/09/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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....the courts say he gets all rights to our 2 young children as I do. Half the decision making responsibility, half the parenting time, etc. BUT....he was disinterested prior to the divorce. He's held a job 9mos out of the past 3yrs (BY CHOICE). He's foreclosed on our family home, living rent free. He pays $17.13 mo in child support (IF HE EVEN PAYS IT). He changes agreements the day-of. He has caused me to claim bankruptcy. He's riding on everyone else's coat tails: yours, mine, government, family, etc.

So, please tell me...when does a dad become a deadbeat dad? When does someone say..."get a job, any job and support your kids?" When is it ok to let me throw the "party"....and he directs, decides and attends...but I don't even get to go? *Metaphor for why do I should all responsibility and only get 1/2?

They say...as long as their is no immediate harm, if a dad in CO loves his kids...he gets half. Hmmmm.....

Advice?

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Jodi - posted on 01/09/2012

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If he has half the parenting time, then why does he have to pay you? I guess I'm a little confused. Are you working to support your kids?

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