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A Sobering Day for Many Fathers

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Welcome to Father's Day 2009, a Father's Day in the midst of a recession. According to an April article in the Financial Times, men lost almost 80% of the over 5 million jobs that have disappeared as the industries hit hardest by this recession, construction and manufacturing, are staffed primarily by men. Cynically, many industries might be laying off more men than women because women are (unfairly) paid less than men.

This trend is a potential disaster for everyone, but perhaps hardest hit are men who are non-custodial parents with child support arrangements. A father who seeks to modify child support payments due to a layoff or mandatory wage cut can wait, in some cases, for over six months to get a hearing in front of a judge to have a petition heard, much less have a contract modified.