Are Divorced Fathers Just ATM Machines?
Basically "yes" says an article on child support in Massachusetts in the newsletter of Fathers and Families entitled Child Support Guidelines Make Fathers ATM:
This system treats fathers as no more than ATM machines, incapable of making financial decisions for their children. My ex-husband has his shortcomings, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a good father, capable of making financial decisions for his kids. Fathers made competent decisions on behalf of their children before divorce, so why is it that the state deems men incompetent after divorce, empowering only the mothers? Deciding what to spend on our children should be EVERY parent’s right, not just mothers. The state of Massachusetts has taken away that parenting right from fathers by giving mothers complete financial control.