| | Re: Mass incarceration in America
You are all missing the point. The issue is not whether a man should pay to support his children; it is whether he should be forced to pay child support to his wife when she divorced him purely for her own selfish reasons in the first place. Any woman who divorces her husband so that she can be with her lover full time, for example, or who only wishes to upgrade to a more wealthy man, should be required to supply one-hundred percent of the support for her children if she willingly accepts their custody.
Any man so divorced by such a woman has a moral obligation to refuse to pay child support, under any circumstances, and should thereby force the responsibility for their support to be worked out between the woman and the state. This follows from the fact that it was the laws of the state, combined with the willingness of the woman to take advantage of them for her own convenience, which resulted in the divorce to begin with. This would still be true even if such a cheated man can provide for paying child support to his wife at no more expense than it was costing to take care of his children when he was living with them. This, of course, is impossible.
Such a man should feel no guilt whatsoever about not paying CS. His children will understand the reason when they are old enough.