Don’t overlook something very important buried in the studies cited in the previous messages:
‘A recent report also indicates that [child support] compliance is greatest among noncustodial parents who have joint custody or extended visitation.
[ U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Dep’t of Commerce, and Office of Child Support Enforcement, U.S. Dep’t of Health and Human Services, Child Support for Custodial Mothers and Fathers:
1991 (Series P-60, No. 187, 1995). The data collected in this study, from the year 1991, show that approximately 79% of noncustodial parents with joint custody and/or visitation privileges who owe child support paid some or all of the support due in 1991, compared with 56% of noncustodial parents who owed support but did not have joint custody or visitation. ]’
Common sense: the dad who feels that his share of parenting time is being minimized by the other parent or the court system, may not feel like paying up because of the perceived injustice. Thus if liberal parenting time were awarded and practiced, the child/ren involved would be more likely to receive economic benefits, and of course, emotional, psychological, moral, atheletic, …(big list)…, educational benefits from their DADS in FAMILY COURT.
And yes, ethically the other parent should be happier because the child is more fulfilled…