Parenting Time and Child Support: Information for Fatherhood Programs and Fathers.

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Jessica Pearson, Ph.D. and Anne Byrne, M.A
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National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
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Many fathers who participate in fatherhood programs do not live with all of their children. They often seek help from fatherhood programs to navigate the child support system, determine how they can spend more time with their children, or improve their coparenting relationships. Unfortunately, it can be quite complicated for programs to provide this assistance, particularly when working with unmarried fathers.

This brief delves into the challenges that can arise and discusses parenting time and child support information that fatherhood programs can use to help unmarried fathers understand and navigate their circumstances and options. The brief concludes with a list of concrete action steps that fatherhood programs can take to better assist fathers and provides tips that can be shared with fathers to help them improve their coparenting relationships and be more involved in the lives of their children.

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