Michigan Fathers Under Siege

Billboards boasting of jail time for fathers struggling with child support obligations (see above) dot the Michigan landscape, as a politically savvy Attorney General seeks to boost his career the way so many have over the past two decades–by beating up on divorced dads.

However, research has conclusively shown that the largest factor behind nonpayment of child support is not divorced fathers’ indifference to their children but unemployment. As Dianna Thompson and Murray Davis of the National Family Justice Association (NFJA) explained in a recent column, fathers fall behind on their child support because they are held to “an unattainable standard to never become physically or mentally ill, never get disabled, and to never lose a job or get laid off in a poor economy.”

Thompson and Davis will discussed Michigan’s war on fathers.

To learn more see:

  • Thompson &Davis’ Child support system doesn’t give parents a chance (Lansing State Journal, 10/26/03)
  • Lloyd Conway’s “Child Support Lock Up” (MensNewsDaily, 2/22/04)
  • HIGH PRICE FOR MICHIGAN’S PAYING PARENT: Child support cost is an ambush for some (Detroit Free Press, 2/10/04)
  • Man Slices Own Throat In Front Of Paducah Judge (Chicago Tribune, 2/27/04)
  • Glenn’s columns Divorced from Reality on Child Support (Newark Star-Ledger, 9/6/02) (co-authored by Thompson) and American Fathers Get a Bad Rap (Cybercast News Service, 6/17/02).