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As we all know, Jenelle Evans' son Jace lives with Jenelle's mom, Barbara. Jace stays with his mom on weekends, and Jenelle pays Barbara $130 a month in child support ... for now. But Monday Jenelle tweeted that she may get out of those payments. "Actually, my mom and I have a meeting for child support to be canceled." Yup, Barbara is totally going along with this idea, which ... I guess is her call (and the judge's call). So if Barbara is fine with it, what does it matter? I'm asking for the haters.
You know, you don't have to be a hater to still find this arrangement a little sad. I guess Jenelle is taking on more of Jace's care? Jenelle said she's canceling her child support "becuz my mom knows I help her out a lot more than everyone thinks." Does "help" mean she buys things like food and clothing? I don't know... $130 a month isn't that much money. It's a small price to pay for the symbolic gesture of taking responsibility for your child.
Jenelle does care about her public image, or she wouldn't argue against her haters via Twitter all the time. She could just cancel those payments and go on shelling out for what she can on an ad hoc basis, and who cares what anyone else thinks. But Jenelle cares. So in the interest of conserving her energy, it just makes sense for her to keep up those payments. Or maybe that's some twisted logic.
The real reason why she should keep paying is because of what child support represents. Someday Jace will hear this whole story. What will he think about his mother going through the trouble of canceling child support? He'll probably hear Jenelle's side of the story, and I'm sure it'll sound justifiable to him. But I don't think I would want my child to grow up and find out I'd gone out of my way to back out of child support.
Do you think Jenelle should just keep paying child support?
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