Category Archives: Child Support

More to Deadbeat Dads Than Just Not Paying

Is it believed that the decline in marriage, increase in the divorce rate, and the acceptance of out-of-wedlock births as reasons why many divorced fathers do not play a prominent role in their children’s lives. Former husbands, on the other … Continue reading

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The Myth of the “Deadbeat Dad”

According to the popular wisdom, few social pariahs are more worthy of harsh condemnation than the deadbeat dad — the able bodied man, who, having had his fun, abandons his responsibilities. And the numbers of men who pay little or … Continue reading

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Withholding Child Visitation for Missed Child Support

You’ve heard it a million times – in conversations over the water cooler with the guys at work, or a night out with girlfriends as a newly single parent – “Joey’s Mom/Dad hasn’t paid child support in over 3 months! … Continue reading

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Paternity and Child Support

Establishing paternity is a critical step towards collecting child support. Many paternity disputes commonly concern the father’s responsibility to pay child support. A father’s refusal to sign a paternity statement does not exempt him from paying support. When a man does … Continue reading

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Moms Can Be Deadbeats, Too

Everyone knows about fathers who fall behind on child support. People call them “deadbeats.” Deadbeat moms may escape the public eye, but they do exist. Even though mothers are more consistently awarded custody of children by the courts, the percent … Continue reading

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Deadbeat Parents

A parent who fails to pay court-ordered support is disparagingly called a “deadbeat parent.” Very often, the term is used for fathers who fail to pay support, i.e., deadbeat dad. Not all deadbeat parents are fathers. Depending on the situation … Continue reading

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Israeli Court Rules Equality Trumps Child Support

An Israeli family court recently handed down a decision hailed as precedent by campaigners for gender equality in divorce. A Family Court judge in Rishon Letzion ruled that a divorced father will not have to pay child support money to … Continue reading

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The National Deadbeat Dad Law

A National Deadbeat Dad List was created in 1992 when the Child Support Recovery Act (CSRA) gave state courts the power to collect child support payments from parents who have racked up misdemeanor-level penalties. The Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act of … Continue reading

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States Required to Withhold for Child Support

All states now have an automatic income withholding program that attaches part of a parent’s wages to pay the child support obligation. The federal Family Support Act requires all states to implement an automatic income withholding program to comply with … Continue reading

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Public Shaming for Deadbeat Parents

Congress has encouraged states to come up with creative ways to embarrass parents into paying the child support they owe. One method used nationwide by an association of state child support enforcement agencies is the publishing of “most wanted” lists … Continue reading

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