Chris Pritt is the proprietor of his own law firm, Pritt Law, where he specializes in divorce, custody disputes, and child support. However, before the West Virginia state legislature, he argued to cut all child support for the custodial parent.
According to Pritt, some fathers may not wish to be involved in their children’s life.
“Let’s say you’ve got a father who doesn’t want to really be involved in the life at all, really. He knows that if she carries through the pregnancy he’s going to have possibly some sort of child support obligation. And so what he wants to do is he wants to in a sense encourage her to go and find a way to get an abortion because he knows that if it’s a certain individual if he has any kind of familiarity with her, he knows that she might be of such state of mind, she may be in such a vulnerable position that she decides, it’s not worth everything he’s going to put me through to carry this, this pregnancy forward. It’s going to be easier, it’s going to be better for me to go and just terminate this life. And so, what she does is she goes over to Virginia, she goes over to some other state, where abortion is legal, and she goes and gets the abortion. And so I think that’s a really clear possibility if we enact the Second Amendment here, I don’t want to be doing anything whatsoever that is encouraging, folks to go and get an abortion.” he stated.
The meaning of his reference to the Second Amendment is unclear.
GOP isn’t content with banning abortion, banning contraceptives, & blocking Medicaid expansion. Now WV Republican @pritt4thepeople wants to ban child support payments b/c requiring them might “incentivize abortion.”😳🤦🏽♂️
It was never about life, it was always about control. pic.twitter.com/4ex9QQNiKm
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) July 31, 2022
Parental opposition to receiving child support for the child they are parenting is rare. Single parents are typically financially constrained, so any opportunity to ensure the other parent contributes is crucial. Having financial support is often a greater motivation to have a child, given that the most common reason women mention having an abortion is financial.
I have first-hand knowledge of Mr. Pritt’s complete disregard for custodial parents. Pritt represented my ex-husband in both our divorce and child custody proceedings. He exerted every effort during the final divorce hearing to prevent his client from having to pay child support. In the end, my children received hundreds less in monthly support than the typical West Virginian family with one child.
During a child custody hearing my now, ex-husband tested positive for three drugs for which he did not have a prescription. Pritt interrupted to say that he had “done some research” and that one of the medicines in question is frequently taken by diabetics, which might account for its presence in his client’s system. I immediately clarified that his client was not diabetic.
When the judge questioned Pritt about whether his client had diabetes, he replied, “No, your honor, but if he was it would explain why the drug was in his system.”
West Virginia families deserve far better than Chris Pritt representing them in Charleston. Pritt is a bottom feeder, who has no regard for the families that he represents.