I haven’t received a child support payment in over a month, so I called the Department of Child Support Services (DCSS). After being on hold for more than a few ticks, a rather acrimonious voice came on the line in a huff (WTF?). I explained that I’d called two weeks prior and was told to call again during the first week of December to see whether DCSS had been able to resolve the non-payment issue. The bitter county worker quickly began to explain that I needed to be patient and that it was likely that my child’s mother didn’t earn enough money to pay the very paltry $163 a month (WTF!). I explained that I was sure that she makes enough money, as she is the manager at her place of employment. Briskly, the county voice jabbed that I needed to be patient and that the DCSS was doing all it could do and that she was only late about a month (WTF!?). Confused and made to feel badly about seeking support for my child, I hung up.
Apparently, I’m wrong for thinking that my child’s mother should be required to do more than reluctantly visit our brilliant child every other weekend. My bad.