The mother straight out left them. The father has custody. That's why he's the deadbeat. The mom's worse.Gotoh wrote: ↑Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:00 pmWhy is everyone so quick to assume he's a deadbeat? Yet, no one referring to their mom the same way, and we haven't seen her period.
We don't know what sort of arrangement Lance has with his kids, or why he hasn't been around 'til now. I had a friend in highschool who only saw his father a few times during the year, because his dad was a trucker and he rarely took time off. But his family was well taken care off.
It's even more common in fiction, especially anime and manga, 'cuz it's often used to explain why the protagonist's parents are never seen. The most common one being, that their parents either travel abroad, or work overseas most of the time. But their kids are almost always given regular allotments to cover their food and living expenses.
So I'm willing to give Lance the benefit of a doubt, for now.
Teddy's dad is a race car driver, but we know we haven't seen any adults with the very young girl and the 14 (15?) year old boy.