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Back child support and Michigan fathers

Two researchers reviewed national data to determine if there was a link between the participation of fathers and delinquent child support. The results of the study indicate that fathers who owe back child support tend to spend less time with their children, are more likely to have children with more than one partner and may work fewer weeks a year.

Parents who are late sending their child support payments may be subject to civil and criminal penalties. Depending on the state in which they reside, this may include the suspension, revocation or restriction of their driver's or professional license.

The national data that was reviewed for the study was taken from a longitudinal survey, the Fragile Families and Wellbeing Study, which obtained responses from slightly fewer than 5,000 urban families that had children who were born between 1998 and 2000. The researchers focused on data regarding paternal involvement and child support debt at the time the children would have been 9 years old.

The results of the study indicate that fathers who were in arrears worked an average of five fewer weeks a year. The fathers also tended to have lower education levels and were more likely than fathers who were current with their child support to have been incarcerated.The study may also explain the link between delinquent child support and lower father participation. It pointed to factors such as the number of a father's working weeks per year, his mental health and the state of his relationship with the mother.

A family law attorney may assist clients with resolving their child support issues. This may include filing a motion to have the amount of payments increased. It may also entail asking the court to enforce the payment of delinquent support.

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