Unconstitutional and Un-American
by Floyd Gatlin
(Irving, Tx - Dallas County)
Me and my ex-wife were together for 12 years and had two kids. After years of her partying and not paying bills to support our family and bingo nights three times a week she decided that she had enough and it was time to call it quits. I came up with a plan that allowed us both to see OUR kids (KEY WORD)50/50. I moved into the same apartments as her, which was almost an hour from my job so we both could keep them 3 1/2 days per week and I paid all of the daycare expenses. I made an attempt to basically go beyond what was fair. Well after two years of this agreement she decided that I wasn't doing enough. Basically she was tired of making $10.00 per hour and because of the flaw in the justice system she decided it was time to get paid. We went to mediation twice and she was denied both times due to the proof I had paying daycare expenses and keeping them 50% of the time, clothes etc. So she moved an hour and a half away from my job and an hour from her's to make it impossible for me two work and take them to school. I still tried to keep them half the time and after paying daycare and $600-$700 a month in gas @3.00 a gallon, and payday loan after payday loan I was totally broke.
Too broke to afford a lawyer she files the necessary
papers and the judge talked to me like deadbeat dad trash and awarded her half of my pay. Reality is %25 of net pay if 50% of what you take home, and now I get to play weekend dad. The judge was extremely pissed that I had objections to his ruling lol He said that "I should enjoy my freedom, and I would no longer be bothered with having to take care of them pesky kids". He acted as if he was doing me a favor!! It's hard not to get frustrated, and it's depressing. She quit her job about two months after she was awarded my money and has told me that she has no plans of working ever again. The attorney general and judge didn't care to hear my story then and definitely not now. And my kids get to call me EVERY night crying begging me to come and get them from their bi-polar mom who scream and curses at them all day. I hate this country.
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