What happened to my American Dream?
I am a mother of three, living in poverty because my ex has never payed his court ordered child support. He works under the table and has no known address and in this way he effectively hides from his obligations. And there is no recourse for me. Thanks to the SNAP food stamp program as well as local food cupboards, we do not go hungry. Most of the jobs available in my area are low wage and part time, not enough to cover the cost of childcare for my daughter. I tried to enroll her in Universal Pre K but there was no opening for her near my home and without transportation my options are limited. The only way we have survived these past four years is by using what little money I had saved for retirement, which costs me forty percent in penalties. I don't see a light at the end of this tunnel and I wonder if I will ever be able to climb out of this hole.