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Friday Unfunny: Sign of the Times

By Eowyn @DrEowyn

What a sad commentary on our times….

Father's Day pizza
Shroomer’s Pizza is in Daytona Beach, Florida.

A study of 367 lower income, noncustodial dads in three cities, which was published in June 2015 in the Journal of Marriage and Family, found that only 23% gave what the courts would recognize as child-support through the system; 46% contributed in-kind support, such as providing baby products, clothing, school expenses and food; and 28% gave cash straight to the mom.

66 of the dads in the study were what’s considered as full-on deadbeat, giving absolutely no cash support to the 95 children they fathered between them. But the researchers found they gave $63 per child a month through in-kind support — support that doesn’t show up in statistics.

Why do dads prefer to buy stuff for their kids, rather than give money to the kids’ moms? Because they get more recognition for these acts from their children. It’s a way of bonding. (Source: Time)


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