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Father involvement and child support payments

During the fiscal year of 2015, parents in Texas and the rest of nation paid a total of $32.4 billion in child support via the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, according to a 2017 report issued to Congress. Parents who do not reside with their children are typically required to pay child support to the parents who do. According to a new study, fathers who owe back child support tend to see their children less often, work fewer weeks throughout the year and are more likely to have children with multiple partners.

These findings are based on a study that was conducted by two researchers who wanted to explore the association between child support debt and father involvement. The researchers state that their study is one of the first to use national data to determine if fathers who do not live in the same households as their children are less inclined to spend time with them and provide in-kind assistance.

The data used in the study was obtained from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, a longitudinal survey that obtained responses from 4,897 urban families containing children who were born between 1998 and 2000. The authors focused on the data that pertained to paternal participation and child support when the children were 9 years old.

The result of the study indicated that over 30 percent of fathers who owed back child support owed an average of $7,705. The fathers also tended to be less involved in daily activities with their children, such as assisting with homework or playing outside.

A family law attorney may assist parents who are seeking delinquent child support payments. The attorney may file the appropriate motions with the court to initiate enforcement procedures against the delinquent parents. A lawyer could also request child support modifications.

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