Re: Are child support payments set up to be a punishment?
I have never heard of child support payments being that high either. The reality is that the money being "awarded" by the courts are a fraction to raise a child. If you are the custodial parent, you without any doubt pay more than the non-custodial person to pay for the children.
Take a look at the stats about divorce and what happens to women post. If it was all sunshine and glitter, the stats wouldn't be what they are.
In my case, if my husband decided to divorce me....he would be legally required to pay for his youngest. His eldest is nearly 19 and despite living here, my husband wouldn't have to pay a dime. Not for living expenses, not for college, not for any of it.....just for his youngest UNTIL he turned 18. At that point, forget it legally.
I find it incredible that some men get so up in arms about child support. I just do.