Responsible Fatherhood Spotlight: Custodial Fathers and Child Support.

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National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse.
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Fact Sheet
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This brief provides information on child support for fathers who have custody of their children. It begins by reviewing the definitions of physical and legal custody, and discussing the importance and implications of child support for fathers, for children, and for fathers' partners. Tables are then given that illustrate child support trends for custodial parents between 1993 and 2003 for both custodial mothers and custodial fathers. Data indicates: the percentage of custodial mothers who had child support agreements or awards increased from 59.8% in 1993 to 64.2% in 2003, while the proportion of custodial fathers who had child support agreements or awards decreased modestly between 1993 and 2003 and was lower than that of custodial mothers; a higher proportion of non-Hispanic white fathers received child support payments, compared with other racial subgroups; and custodial fathers with less than a high school education were supposed to receive payments at a higher rate, compared with fathers of different educational levels, and were least likely to receive payments due to them. 17 references.

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