The 7-year-old Who Supported Her Dad

Young girl loans money to her father

(This story is about a girl)

Here’s a twist on the usual theme of kids of any age who borrow from their parents.

Mei is an attractive, petite woman in her late twenties who works in the advertising department of a large retail store. A first generation American-born Asian, she told me about regular loans to her father over the course of nearly her entire life.

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Once a Deadbeat, Always?

Deadbeat dad

Here’s another deadbeat dad story — but with an unusual twist.

(Yes, I know plenty of deadbeat mothers exist. Here’s a tragic example. But “Gold Diggers and Deadbeat Non-Custodial Parents” isn’t catchy.)

If you read my book Gold Diggers and Deadbeat Dads: True Stories of Friends, Family, and Financial Ruin, you might remember Diana’s story, “Where Did All the Child Support Money Go?”

Diana’s troubles began when she married her high school sweetheart Bart, who turned out to be anything but sweet, she told me.

Instead, he was a raging alcoholic who slept around their small town in a Minneapolis suburb.

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Gambling Losses and Financial Infidelity are No Big Deal

Gambling money losses

 

 

 

 

 

 

Briana knows that there are two sides to the story when a marriage fails.

“In my world, I was always right,” she told me. “David gambled away our future. In his mind — I ran our company into the ground.”

I asked Briana what she knew about David’s finances before they married.

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