Should Deadbeat Dads Face Jail Time – Yes

If a father abandons their children, to me that is one of the worst crimes there could be. It is like saying to a child they aren’t good enough and they are not wanted. Can you imagine saying “I don’t want you, you aren’t good enough for me to stick around.” If anyone could do this we would consider them monsters and that is exactly what a deadbeat dad is, a monster. To some this may sound extreme and there are dads out there that justify abandoning their children in their heads. They rationalize it and make it a decision they can live with. I am sorry, but there is no justification for a man or a woman to disregard a child. A child is the most precious gift that we can receive in life. My daughter is eight years old and has no recollection of her father.  

It is horrible that anyone can hurt a child in that way and not be punished. Especially if they have not helped support a child that they were a part of bringing into this world. I looked up some statistics and they show that 90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes. Statistics also show that fatherless girls are more likely to get pregnant before they graduate due to the need for male attention and boys are more likely to commit rape. If the government can hold a person responsible for the theft of a car or any other crime, why can’t they hold a person responsible for the care of their own child. Yes, there are steps to take and they do put men in jail for non-payment of child support. What they don’t really tell you is that if a father is unemployed or works under the table, the government cannot garnish their wages because they don’t have access to their funds if they have any.

My daughter’s father has a bench warrant for his arrest because of being about $15,000.00 behind in child support. A bench warrant only means if he gets in trouble by the police for another crime, they can hold him for lack of child support payment also. If he has any brains at all, I’m pretty sure he will not be committing any crimes. Therefore, he will never be found. I would like justice for my child, but it is not about money; it is the principle. They should definitely hold these people to their responsibility as fathers. These so-called fathers are not considered men in my book because a real man is supposed to protect his family and would never do anything to hurt them.