On this Father's Day, can we talk about shitty fathers? I came across this article from SPARC (Separated Parenting Access & Resource Center) about the "myth" of the Deadbeat Father. The article explains the condition of most of the men who who not pay child support or lack relationships with their kids.
The summary read: "62% of custodial mothers do not receive child support. However, of that number, three-fourths of them simply do not want child support, have not asked for it, have accepted other financial arrangements instead of child support, or the father does not have the money. Only 11% of those custodial mothers who do not receive child support, is because of "deadbeat dads.""
Maybe I'm not very sympathetic, but it seems many of the non-11% reasons still fall under the Shitty Father category. I know there are always exceptions to the rules, but regardless of the reason behind it, kids are being neglected. 62% is a lot.
On that note, I'm very happy and thankful I didn't have a shitty father. Happy Father's Day, Dad!