Dr. Helen kindly linked to my previous post in: Is Imprisoning Men for Child Support a Way for the Government to Destroy Traditional Marriage?
In the discussion of her post I made a point I’m not sure I have made directly here, and either way I feel it is worth repeating. Nearly everyone believes that we have merely modified our marriage based family structure to include an exception for the child support model. The truth is the opposite.
We didn’t modify our marriage based family structure to allow an exception for the child support model, we replaced the marriage model with the child support model and created a very limited exception for marriage.
The child support model is now the rule of the land, our official family structure. Parents are permitted to opt out of the child support structure only so long as both of them wish to continue opting out.