DearNewsweek,Four years ago, I was doing some freelance work for the local newspaper and had been working from my phone in my bedroom. My 10-year-old son and I shared a small apartment, and his video games were distracting me.I wasn't getting enough work done and asked my son's father to take him for a few extra days so I could finish my assignments.His father picked him up and I returned to work and thought my son would be back home in a few days.
However, during this time his father received a letter from the Child Support Agency summoning him to court because of the massive amount of arrears he owed. He was ordered to pay $65/month and his arrears had grown to over $1,000, so enforcement kicked in automatically.My son's father and girlfriend are both narcissists and took the letter as a personal attack. They were convinced I had reported them to the Child Support Agency. I hadn't.