I came across an interesting survey last month in the Gordon Poll Youth Survey published by the Wilmington Institute Network. Dr. Robert Gordon is the founder and director of the Wilmington Institute of Trial and Settlement Sciences. He is a past president of the Texas Psychological Association and is author of “On the Witness Stand.” He is both a clinical psychologist and a lawyer. The work of Dr. Gordon and the institute team has been featured on the MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour, ABC, Nightline, CNN, Fox News, Larry King Live, Good Morning America and USA Today.
The Gordon Poll Youth Survey focuses on family life issues. It is conducted for the benefit of parents, educators and members of the legal and mental health professions. The May 2009 survey was compiled from a sample size of 1,000 children between ages 14-18, and they are from a self-selected national sample that includes all 50 states.
The Question for May was: “In a divorce, how much money should each parent pay to support their children?” n for May was: “In a divorce, how much money
Answers in %
Each parent should pay the same
The parent who earns more should pay more
The parent who doesn’t live with the kids should pay more
The one who wanted the divorce should pay more
Here are a few selected comments from participants who indicated that each parent should pay the same:
“Yes, one parent may earn more, or one may not have custody, but both parents are equally, biologically responsible for their child. Just because someone earns more doesn’t make it their job to pay more.”
Here are some selected comments from participants who indicated that the parent who earns more should pay more:
Here are selected comments from participants who indicated that the parent who doesn’t live with the kid should pay more:
And, these selected comments are from participants who indicated that the parent who wanted the divorce should pay more:
Click here to read more comments from the survey participants. I will be bringing you more USA Youth Survey results in the future!
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Robert L. Mues
Robert Mues is the managing partner of Dayton, Ohio, law firm, Holzfaster, Cecil, McKnight & Mues, and has received the highest rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability. Mr. Mues is also a founding member of the "International Academy of Attorneys for Divorce over 50" blog.