By Jennifer M. Paine
Cordell & Cordell Divorce Lawyer
Most dads don’t mind paying child support – it's when they fall a little bit behind and can’t catch a break that the problems erupt.
Maybe it’s the ex threatening to take him to court if he is even one day late. Maybe it’s her lawyer sending him a letter that his payment is past due, completed with a "friendly reminder" that he can be held in contempt of court and tossed into jail until he pays up.
Whatever it is, most guys dread the feeling of being labeled a "deadbeat dad" simply because they’ve fallen on hard times and can’t make their payments as timely as they once did.
Some of those guys work really hard to pay on time. They get second or third jobs and skip other bills to pay child support. Their ex and children might appreciate it, but they won’t get a glowing score on their credit report, as one might get for making timely mortgage, car and loan payments.