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Dads who can't afford child support are not all deadbeats

Fathers who don't pay child support are a serious concern in Texas and around the country. However, a new study suggests that some of those so-called "deadbeat dads" do make an effort to contribute in other ways to the support of their children. This study looked at 367 lower income non-custodial fathers in three different cities to see what efforts they made to support their children and found that most do provide some support to their kids in the form of cash, gifts or other types of in-kind contributions.

Ex-wife of polygamy sect leader gets custody of children

Some Texas parents may be aware of the divorce of one of the wives of a leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The radical sect is an offshoot of the mainstream Mormon church, and its followers practice polygamy. The woman said she felt she had to get custody of the two children, ages 14 and 17, that she had with the leader because she was afraid the children would be taken out of her reach. Her attorney told the judge in the case during a closed hearing that he believed trucks leaving the church's compound were carrying children away.

Public opinion on child support laws

Texas parents who have gone through a divorce may appreciate that there is a substantial disconnect between the way the public views child support laws and how they actually work. One study that explored this found that the public believes the formulas used by courts to calculate child support are unfair. The existing laws are not consistent with the average person's idea of what is right. The research discovered that the public largely believes child support should be based on the mother's income when the mother is the parent with custody.

How to avoid common financial mistakes when pursuing a divorce

During divorce proceedings, there is generally a lot at stake. Alimony, parenting plans and property division are just a few of the many legal issues that can be running through a spouse's mind. By taking precautionary steps, Texas spouses can avoid some common financial mistakes and hopefully end their marriage in a simple and cost-effective fashion.

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