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November 23, 2005

Deadbeat Parents Unite!

This may qualify as the most unworthy charity ever, a non-profit organization formed to assist irresponsible parents in evading child support obligations. (Full story here, free at the present but will become premium content soon) David and Dorothy Snyder of Roseland, Indiana came up with the idea following his legal troubles over "gifting" some of his real estate commissions to her, thereby avoiding having them applied toward child support. Snyder owes somewhere between $67,000 and $90,000 for his two sons living in Texas with his ex-wife, one of his sons is handicapped and will need his support for the rest of his life.

And, while Snyder seems to have trouble finding a way to petition a Texas court to adjust his financial obligation, he did somehow manage to come up with $11,250 last week in order to keep himself out of a 45 day jail sentence for contempt of court. I'm pretty sure $11,000 would buy a lot of legal services, but that may not be enough to buy just the right loophole. Come to think of it, for $11,000 he could probably do the research himself, file the petiton, fly to Texas for a hearing, and maybe even take his boys out to dinner afterwards. Or would that make too much sense?

Where does Snyder think the money to help other deadbeat parents shirk their responsibilites would come from? From other non-custodial parents (I'm guessing these would be parents who are able to make their obligations, and have money leftover), from grandparents, and others who may support their plight. I'm no psychologist, but I think that's commonly known as "enabling". I offer an alternative, instead of clicking the "Paypal" link to donate, find a Christmas Angel Tree, take the name of an unfortunate child caught in the middle of a parental power struggle and buy him or her a winter jacket, mittens and a couple of toys.

Posted by Anna at November 23, 2005 4:45 AM

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