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Delinquent child support and father involvement

There are millions of fathers in Massachusetts and the rest of the country who do not reside in the same household as their children. The findings of a new study show that individuals who owe child support tend to have children with multiple partners, see their kids less often and work fewer weeks in the year.

Based on information from a 2017 report to Congress, a total of $32.4 billion was paid by parents in the United States during the 2015 fiscal year. The payments, which were paid through the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, went to pay for the raising and caring of their children.

Two researchers studied the link between father involvement and delinquent child support. According to the researchers, the study is one of the first to use national data to investigate if fathers who do not share the same home as their children are less likely to see them or provide them in-kind support.

Data collected from a longitudinal survey, the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, was used for the research. The survey obtained responses from 4,897 families with children who were born between 1998 and 2000. The researchers of the study used the survey data related to child support payments and paternal participation when the children were 9 years old.

The results of the study indicated that dads who owed back child support worked an average of five fewer weeks per year than fathers who were current. Fathers in arrears also had lower education levels and a higher chance of having been incarcerated.

A divorce attorney may help a client resolve child support issues. The lawyer may petition the court for a cost of living increase and also request child support enforcement for delinquent payments.

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